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NPB News and Notes from 1/31

by on Jan.30, 2009 @ 10:45 pm, under NPB

Edgardo Alfonzo arrived in Japan yesterday in preparation for his try-outs with the Yomiuri Giants. "I'm really happy to be given this chance to try-out for the Giants," said Alfonzo. "I decided I wanted to play in Japan after meeting Shinjo."


Edgardo Alfonzo posing for the cameras

Alfonzo has already spoken to Alex Ramirez, close friends going back to when he was 9 years-old, and said, "I've been able to ask him a lot of questions, like what kind of team the Giants are and what it's like to live in Tokyo."

Alfonzo's try-outs are set to begin on February 1st and will go on for about 3 weeks.

...The Yakult Swallows introduced some new ticket packages yesterday. The Swallows Player Pack 10+1 will enable fans to choose 11 games out of the 69 home game schedule. Four other packages, including the Holiday Pack and the Weekday Pack, were also introduced. The prices range from 30,000 yen to 42,000 yen and will be available from the 6th of February. Interested parties in Japan can contact Jingu Kyujo directly for more information (03-3404-8999).