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NPB: Hiromi Wada passes away; Inter-league attendance sees another increase

by on Jun.22, 2009 @ 8:41 am, under NPB

HANSHIN TIGERS

...Jet balloons are returning to the Koshien beginning on June 26th when the Tigers play host to the Yokohama Bay Stars.

HIROSHIMA CARP

...Mazda Stadium received roughly 2.8B yen worth of free advertising over the last 4 years in the form of news reports and special programs (TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines). At least that's what Hirogin Research Institute (a think tank in Hiroshima) is estimating.

Between 2005 (roughly about the time plans for the new stadium became public) and April 12, 2009, there were 3,724 various reports filed on the new stadium.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...The Eagles officially announced the signing of Kazuo Fukumori and Todd Linden at a press conference on Monday.

OTHER

...For the fourth year in a row, attendance at Inter-league games increased. On average, 26,072 fans showed up per game, an of increase .2%, or roughly 55 people per game.

The Giants averaged the most fans per game at 41,686 while the Bay Stars came in last place at 15,000 fans per game. The Carp saw the biggest increase in attendance (40.1% or an increase of 6,925) over last year's numbers and averaged 24,218 per game.

...Former Nishitetsu Lions catcher Hiromi Wada passed away on Monday morning due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 72.

Wada was known for catching Kazuhisa Inao during the three consecutive seasons the Nishitetsu Lions won the Nippon Series (1956-1958).

Nishitetsu Lions
Catcher
12 Season between 1955-1972
All Star Appearances: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1966

1565 G, 4295 AB, 410 R, 1104 H, 167 2B, 26 3B, 100 HR, 1623 TB, 486 RBI, 121 SB, 75 SH, 32 SF, 269 BB/HBP, 693 SO, .257 AVG