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Around the NPB Horn: Tuffy Rhodes – quickest to reach 3,500 total bases

by on Sep.26, 2009 @ 5:07 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Kazuki Inoue announced on Friday that he will be retiring at the end of the season.

Hanshin Tigers

...Ryo Asai hurt his right leg while running the base paths in the 9th inning on Friday night against the Chunichi Dragons.  Asai has been filling in for the injured Norihiro Akahoshi.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters Magic Number is now 8.

...The Commissioner's office informed the Fighters in writing that there will be no rematch of a game where the home plate ump called offensive interference on Tomohiro Nioka during a game against the Softbank Hawks on 8/30.

The Fighters still aren't 100% convinced that the play was called correctly.

Orix Buffaloes

...Tuffy Rhodes recorded his 3,500th total base in the second inning of Friday's night games against the Chiba Lotte Marines with a single into right off Yoshihisa Naruse.  Rhodes becamse the 23rd player to reach the milestone and the fastest to reach it (1,668 games, surpassing Hiromitsu Ochiai's mark of 1,675).

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Yokohama Bay Stars held a board of director's meeting on Friday to discuss the resignations of Kuniaki Sasaki (President), Masatake Yamanaka (Executive Director), Tadanori Murakami (Branch Manager), and Yoshio Noguchi (Board Member) and the time of when Takao Kaji might be officially introduced as the new president of the team.

...With their loss against the Yakult Swallows, the Bay Stars are now guaranteed a last place finish.

Yomiuri Giants

...Former famed second baseman of the Giants, Shozo Doi, has passed away.  There doesn't appear to be much of any detailed information as to how or why, but Doi was 67 and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Doi is known for being a part of the V9 Giants and also had stints as a coach for the Giants (1976-80, 1986-88, 1996-98) and manager of the Orix Blue Waves (1991-93).

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF
1586 5502 4853 607 1275 159 32 65 1693 425 135 65 242 30
BB IBB HBP SO GIDP BA OBP SLG OPS
340 8 37 393 90 .263 .314 .349 .663
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