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NPB: Giants to target Chono; Onodera to take up closing for Lions?; and more

by on Apr.16, 2009 @ 1:38 pm, under NPB

HANSHIN TIGERS

...Norihiro Akahoshi is continuing his donations of wheel chairs to area hospitals and welfare facilities for every base he steals. He has been involved in his project since 2003.

...Senichi Hoshino was upset when Keiichi Hirano failed to run to first on a dropped third strike in the third inning of a game against the Dragons on the 15th.

Said Hoshino, "I want him to study up on the rules. The catcher throw the ball to third after that and if he had ran to first like he should have, we could have had runners on first and third."

HIROSHIMA CARP

...Tomohiro Uemtsu's victory on the 15th against the Bay Stars was his first in 612 days.

SEIBU LIONS

...With Alex Graman hurting, the Lions will most likely turn to Chikara Onodera for closing duties.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...Chris Aguila was demoted to Ni-gun due to his 3-for-33 (which also includes 12 strike outs) start to the season.

YOKOHAMA BAY STARS

...Akihiko Ohya was ejected from last night's game against the Hiroshima Carp for a delay of game that stemmed from arguing with the home plate ump. In the bottom of the 6th with runners on first and third with 1 out and the count 1-2, Yuki Yoshimura apparently tried to check his swing and in the process, foul tipped the ball. The ump called it a third strike but Ohya saw things differently: he thought the ball his Nishimura's hand instead of the bat. The whole argument last more than 5 minutes and that was enough to get him boot.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...A mixed team made up of young players from the Giants and Marines Ni-gun ranks called the Serious played a game against Honda. Giants team rep Hidetoshi Kiyotake was in the stands watching Hisayoshi Chono and had this to say, "Our opinions on him are becoming more concrete. We'll go after Chono, without doubt."

Chono batted fourth and start in right field; he also hit 2-run homer in the 6th.

0 comments on “NPB: Giants to target Chono; Onodera to take up closing for Lions?; and more

  1. knucklehead7

    Interesting development for Chono. If the Giants don’t take him this year, I have to wonder how much longer he’s willing to wait.

  2. Gwynar

    The Giants could actually stand to get a little younger in the outfield, so drafting Chono could actually make some sense.

    Nonetheless, that is a good question. There’s obviously no absolute guarantee the Giants will draft Chono, so what happens if they don’t?

    But you, I have a feeling that no other team is going to touch him, which means he could easily fall down to the later rounds. That could make him a pretty good bargain / risk for the Giants to take.