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Around the NPB Horn: Marc Kroon quickest to 150 career saves

by on Sep.20, 2009 @ 2:08 am, under NPB

Katsuya Nomura and Bobby Valentine had the following amusing exchange:

Nomura: Fired?

Valentine: The same as you.

Nomura: Eagles coach next year?

Valentine: Lotte coach?


Chiba Lotte Marines

...Koichi Hori recorded his 350th career double during Saturday's game against the Rakuten Eagles.

Chunichi Dragons

...Hidenori earned his national FA rights on Saturday with 8 years of service on the active roster.

Hanshin Tigers

...Masashi Sajikihara appeared in his 114th straight game without a loss and tied former Buffaloe Eiji Kiyokawa for the NPB record for most consecutive game appearances without a loss.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto has now hit at least 20 home runs in each of his last 6 seasons.

...The Tigers revealed that they may add Tomoyuki Kubota to the active roster at some point within the next few days.  It's also possible that he'll be working out of the bullpen again.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters' Magic Number is now 11.

Orix Buffaloes

...Alex Cabrera was removed from the active roster on Saturday with pain and inflammation in the area between the left pectoral and spinal column.

...The Buffaloes now have one more loss (51-78-1) than when they finished in last place in 2007 (62-77-5).

Rakuten Eagles

...Masahiro Tanaka struck out his 514th career batter on Friday night in his third pro year, surpassing Daisuke Matsuzaka's mark of 509.

Yakult Swallows

...What home-field advantage?  The Swallows have lost 9 straight at Jingu Stadium.

...Keizo Kawashima hurt his right elbow during practice on Saturday and was removed from the active roster.  He will likely make a trip to a hospital at some point in the near future to have the elbow checked out.

According to Shigeru Takada, Kawashima has been having problems with his elbow for some time now.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Futoshi Kobayashi will likely be sent to Ni-gun after his start on Saturday -- 4 IP, 8 K, 3 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER.

...The Bay Stars announced that former Dentsu man Takao Kaji will be taking over as Club President when Kuniaki Sasaki steps down.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants' Magic Number is now 6.

...Marc Kroon became the 8th player in NPB history to record 150 saves.  He also became the quickest to the mark as he picked up 150 in his 250th appearance.

The previous record holder was Masahide Kobayashi at 312 games.

...Shinnosuke Abe hit his 11th home run of the month and is just 5 away from tying the NPB record for most homers in month (previously tied by him in 2004).  He also tied the record for most homers in the month of September (Sadaharu Oh, 1962, 72; Hiromitsu Ochiai 1991; and Hideki Matsui, 2001); and surpassed Shigeo Nagashima and Yoshinobu Takahashi's mark of 7 career grand slams with his 8th career grand slam -- that ties his with Tatsunori Hara, good for second most on the Giants' all-time list behind Sadaharu Oh's 15.

...Yoshinobu Takahashi dropped by the Tokyo Dome on Saturday for the first time since his surgery on the 15th to report his progress so far.  Takahashi has finally gotten around to walking after the surgery and will likely take it easy for the next week.

...Tetsuya Utsumi picked up his 50th career win on Friday night.