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NPB Roundup 1/13: Kenshin Kawakami to get number 11? More Ken Takahashi news

by on Jan.12, 2009 @ 9:37 pm, under NPB

Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Atlanta Braves could give Kenshin Kawakami the number 11. Number 11 was Kawakami's number in Japan when he pitched for the Dragons. It was also the very first number he wore when he started playing baseball as a child, as well as the number he wore in college.

If the information in the article isn't wrong, Phil Paine was the last Braves pitcher to wear the number 11. And here's an interesting little tidbit: Paine was also the first former league major leauger to play in the NPB when he pitched in 9 games for the Nishitetsu Lions in 1953.

Sponichi is also reporting that if everything goes smoothly, he could be announced by the Braves sometime on the 13th.

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So Taguchi still hasn't signed a contract, but he isn't worried. "Not yet. Teams aren't really focused on dealing with role players yet anyway."

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Masahiro Tanaka celebrated turning 20 yesterday during Coming-of-Age Day (he turned 20 on November 11th of last year).

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Sponichi reports that a reporter for the Baltimore Sun tried to pass off pronouncing Koji Uehara's last name as "Way-a-hara" when in fact it should be pronounced "Oo-a-hara."

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Masahiro Araki will most likely be moved over to short this season. But he seems to be taking things in positive stride: "I've played short a few times during practice up to now. I think I can play there with renewed motivation."

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The Ham Fighters are currently targeting Yuuki Saito and John Clayton. While most have probably already heard me mention Saito on my blog in the past, John Clayton's name is new.

Clayton is a Japanese-American (father is American, mother is Japanese) high schooler pitcher that has been dubbed the "Okinawan Darvish." He stands at 180cm and can reach 142km/h (88mph) on the radar.

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Daily Sports is reporting that Ken Takahashi could be signing with a team as early as the beginning of next week. Asides from the Cubs, initially reports state that Takahashi also has offers from the Phillies and Orioles.