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Around the NPB Horn: Eagles clinch second; Swallows clinch third

by on Oct.10, 2009 @ 6:15 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...The Hanshin Tigers finish a B Class team for the first time since 2004 when they also finished in 4th place.

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp announced on Friday that the following players will not be returning next season:

Makino, Rui P
Ogata, Yoshinori INF
Higa, Toshimitsu INF
Yoshida, Kei INF

The team also announced that they accepted Takehiko Kobayakawa (batting coach) resignation from the team.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters announced on Friday that Tomoyuki Oda (INF) and Takeshi Ito (P) were retiring at the end of the season.  The team will hold ceremonies for the two players after their game against the Rakuten Eagles on Saturday.

Oda is known as the first player to hit a home run after the team moved out to Hokkaido in 2004.

Orix Buffaloes

...Daijiro Oishi held a press conference at a Sendai Hotel after the last game of the season on Fridayl to officially announce his resignation from the team.

There were "Oishi" chants at the Sendai game on Friday night after the game that had the manager scramble back out onto the field for a curtain call.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles managed to clinch the second place in the Pacific League last night by beating the Orix Buffaloes, 4-3.

Most analysts (and even Katsuya Nomura himself) predicated the team would finish somewhere in the bottom of the standings this season.

Seibu Lions

...Takayuki Shimizu held a press conference on Friday to officially announce his retirement.

Softbank Hawks

...Brian Falkenborg will be heading back to the States to have his right elbow examined.  Depending on the outcome, he may not return to Japan this season.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows clinched a Climax Series Berth last night when they beat the Hashin Tigers, 3-1, and will be making their first Climax Series appearance.

...The Swallow only drew 22,567 on Wednesday night (their first game against the Tigers).  They ended up drawing a full house yesterday.

The team announced that tickets to the game were sold out 30 minutes after the first pitch and that 33,218 were on hand to watch the Swallows beat the Tigers.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars held a stockholder's meeting on Friday to officially introduce Takao Kaji as their new president.

3 comments on “Around the NPB Horn: Eagles clinch second; Swallows clinch third

  1. Ken D.

    Gen,

    A quick word of congratulations to you, as I believe you’ve mentioned here that you’re a fan of both the Swallows and Eagles.

    While I prefer the Hawks in the PL, I can’t help but root for this year’s Eagles team, who have overcome a lot (including low expectations) this season to finish 2nd.

    Good luck to your teams in the CS!

    –Ken

    1. Gen Post author

      Thanks Ken! I’m pretty happy about both teams making it to the Climax Series. I have no idea how far they’ll go, but the fact that both of them got in at the same time… I couldn’t be happier.

      It would be a pretty amazing story if the Eagles somehow met up with the Swallows at the Nippon Series — especially with the added history Nomura has with Yakult.

      Of course, pigs will probably have to fly before that happens!

      Are you a Hawks’ fan?

  2. Ken D.

    I am only because they were the first team I was able to watch online about 5 years ago. Zuleta was at first base and Johjima was still catching for them.

    It’s hard keeping up with the news being in the U.S. (New York). As I said last week, this site makes it a whole lot easier. Thank you for your effort.

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