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Hanshin Tigers sign Craig Brazell

by on May.28, 2009 @ 2:44 am, under NPB

Brazell is now officially a Tiger...

The Tigers and Craig Brazell have come to terms on a 1-year deal worth 25M yen plus bonuses. He will be wearing the number 67. The team has already held a press conference, at their team offices in Hyogo Prefecture, introducing their newest member to the press.

Said Brazell, "I want to bring in some new energy. And hopefully we can do something with that as a team. I'm going to do my best to help bring a Championship trophy to this team."

Some more comments during the press conference:

Your feelings right now?
I was nervous, but happy, up until I signed the contract. I was pretty excited. Now that it's done, I can finally get some rest. I mean, this is the best team in the NPB so... I just wanna do my best.

Your goal?
I had a chance to play for the Championship Lions last season. This time it's a different league, but I will do whatever it takes to help this team win. I really want to get a taste of what it's like to win. That is my goal for the season.

Your health?
No problems, other than perhaps jet lag.

On your confidence level...
I'm sure there are a lot of fans that will be counting on me to help this team. My specialty is being able to hit the ball far. And in that sense, I'd like to work hard to make sure that I can also pick up the big key hits that'll help this team win.

A nickname?
Call me Braz.