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Around the NPB Horn: LaRocca to stay with the Buffaloes?

by on Oct.05, 2009 @ 9:30 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines announced that they will be inviting Julio Zuleta to a try-out at their Fall Camp.

Orix Buffaloes

...It appears as though Greg LaRocca will be returning to the team next season.  LaRocca met with the club president on Sunday to discuss the possibility of a contract extension for the 2010 season.

Said LaRocca, "We spoke about me staying. This was good news that I was happy to hear."

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks will be holding a retirement ceremony for the manga character Abu-san after their last game of the season on 10/6.  The author of the manga series, Shinji Muzushima, will be in attendance at the game to give a "farewell" speech.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Tadashi Sugimoto (pitching coach) and Norihiro Komada (batting coach) will not be returning to the club next season.