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Around the NPB Horn: Takada to return to Swallows 2010; Yokohama won’t bring back Tashiro

by on Sep.13, 2009 @ 6:46 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Tomoaki Kanemoto hit career double number 397 against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Saturday and is now tied with Katsuya Nomura for 10th place on the all-time list.

...Norihiro Akahoshi most likely won't be in the starting line-up today after hurting his neck on a fielding play during Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Akahoshi already has chronic neck pains and was taken off the active roster in July with a herniated disc in his back (頸椎椎間板ヘルニア).

Orix Buffaloes

...I know I mentioned Tuffy Rhodes reaching 13 consecutive seasons of 20+ home runs with his 20th home run of the year on Saturday off Takayuki Kishi in the 2nd innings.  But What I failed to mention: Rhodes has now also hit a home run off 228 different pitchers, another NPB record he holds.

Rakuten Eagles

...Katsuya Nomura after Saturday's win: "I think we need to make a closer out of someone in the starting rotation.  Ma-kun (Masahiro Tanaka) would be the easiest to convert."

Interesting idea, but I don't know that the Eagles can afford to take Tanaka out of the rotation.

On an extra note: Nomura got a call from his wife, Sachio Nomura, during his post-game interview to congratulate him on his victory.  Nomura asked his wife fora new watch and smirked.  Apparently she's going to buy him a watch full of diamonds.

Yakult Swallows

...Shigeru Takada will return to the Swallows next season as manager, even if the team doesn't get to the Climax series.

Said Sumiya Hori, Swallows acting owner, "Whatever the results, I asked Takada to return next season.  My decision is firm.  Takada also said that he understood.  He'll continue to do a great job for us."

He later added, "The low point is lasting a little long, but the numbers have improved over last season.  It's just a matter of grinding through it."

Yokohama Bay Stars

...According to this Sanspo article, Tomio Tashiro will not be returning to the Bay Stars as manager of the team next season.  Tashiro has gone 31-54-0 since taking over the team on May 19th.

Yomiuri Giants

...Out of the useless information department: Daisuke Nakai received about 70 e-mails congratulating him on his first pro home run.