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NPB News and Notes from 11/25: Chono leaning towards turning down Lotte?

by on Nov.24, 2008 @ 8:52 pm, under NPB

Sponichi: The Chiba Lotte Marines and Hisayoshi Chono finally met face to face on the 24th. The Marines are said to have offered a 1-oku, 5,000-man yen contract to Chono during their meeting. However, Chono appears to be leaning towards turning the offer down. There is a good chance that he'll have a final decision ready by the time the two sides meet for their second round of negotiations.

Sponichi: Alex Ramirez might be considering a name change on his uniform. "Maybe, just maybe, next season I'll have the name "Rami-chan" on my uniform [instead of Ramirez]. Everyone calls me that anyone so it seems to make sense."

Sponichi: Brian Cashman sounds like he's getting frustrated by pesky Japanese reporters. "Matsui is not eligible for the WBC. The decision has been made. And that won't change if you ask me this question 4 or 5 more times. It just isn't physically possible for him to play. I know everyone wants him in there, but it was just bad luck." (translated from Japanese)

Nikkan Sports: Jamie D'Antona has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. This was reportedly done to allow D'Antona to enter into negotiations with the Yakult Swallows.

4 comments on “NPB News and Notes from 11/25: Chono leaning towards turning down Lotte?

  1. knucklehead7

    It will be interesting to see what position the Swallows put D’Antona at. Incidentally, he was one of the main points of focus of a very good book on the Cape Cod League called The Last Best League.

  2. Gwynar

    Do you know what D’Antona is likely offensively? Seems like he had a pretty good season last year (1.009 OPS with 57 extra base hits), but it would seem like 2008 was more of a fluke based on his history. Actually, I think you may have voiced your concerns in another comment before.

    I think the Swallows are just desperately looking to add some power to their lineup, even at the expense of fielding.

  3. knucklehead7

    Yeah, I’m not sure he can replicate what he did last year. His BABIP was .396 so hitting anywhere near .365 might be a lot to ask of him. Last year was also the first time he’s slugged over .600, so we’ll see. I understand taking the risk though and hope he can still put up good numbers even if they don’t resemble his gaudy 2008 stats.

  4. Gwynar

    If he can hit 20-30 homers, I think the Swallows will be more than happy. I don’t even think they’ll care as much about the batting average if he can provide the power. After all, they only have ONE player returning next season that had double digit home runs this season (Norichika Aoki with 14). Actually, that isn’t all that surprising considering they only had two players this season with double digit home runs (Guiel was the other player with 11).

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