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NPB: Giants target Hisayoshi Chono for ths year’s draft

by on Feb.04, 2009 @ 12:19 am, under NPB

Word is, the Yomiuri Giants are targeting Hisayoshi Chono for this year's amateur draft. If that holds up, Chono might finally get his wish to play with the Giants, making all this waiting worth it. Of course, knowing how these things usually work out, he'll sign with the Giants and end up being a complete flop. Yeah, I'm a glass half empty kind of guy.

...Katsuya Nomura has nicknames for Matt Childers and Marcus Gwyn: Chiruchiru and Michiru. When asked why he gave them nicknames, Nomura said, "Childers is difficult for me to pronounce. And then I thought Gwyn would make a good Michiru. The two have similar styles [so I thought it made sense]."

The two are thought to be in the running for the spot of closer.

...The Swallows are counting on Kazuhiro Hatakeyama and Jamie D'Antona for power this season. Both are in the running for the cleanup spot in the lineup. Although D'Antona has a slight disadvantage right now: he's suffering from pain in the left knee and is on a different work-out program.

...46-year-old Hiroshima Carp manager Marty Brown announced that he married a 29-year-old Japanese woman living in Hiroshima. Said Brown, "I'm very happy to have found someone so wonderful. She's a very patient woman. And she would have to be in order to marry me. She's a great person and we get along well. She's someone I really need in my life, I'm a very lucky man."

0 comments on “NPB: Giants target Hisayoshi Chono for ths year’s draft

  1. knucklehead7

    With the draft months away, I wouldn’t put too much stock into the Chono story yet. A lot could happen between now and then, especially considering no games have been played yet.

  2. Gwynar

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in it either since there’s still a full season to play before the draft. And based on how Chono has dealt with the draft in the past, I would think most teams will pass on him this year, meaning he’d still probably be available in the later rounds.

    But then, if Hara is still manager when draft time comes around, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he went with Chono. Hara is a really emotional guy and I think Chono’s professed love of the team could get to him.