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Around the NPB Horn: Tamura earns his International FA Rights

by on Oct.12, 2009 @ 3:06 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters announced on Sunday that Jason Botts (INF) and Ryan Wing (P) will not be returning to the team next season.

Softbank Hawks

...Tadashi Settsu re-established the team high for most appearances by a pitcher in a season when he took the mound for the 70th time this season.  He fell short of the NPB record for most appearances by a rookie in a season by 1 game.

...Hitoshi Tamura earned his international FA option on the 11th after 9 years of active service.

Other

...The Pacific League saw a total increase in attendance of about 1.6% over last year's numbers.

9,707,451 total fans watched their teams play at the ball park for an average of 22,471 per game.

Team 2009 Att
Softbank Hawks 2,245,969
Nippon Ham Fighters 1,992,172
Seibu Lions 1,515,045
Chiba Lotte Marines 1,465,189
Orix Buffaloes 1,285,907
Rakuten Eagles 1,230,169

The average Pacific League game also ended up lasting 3h 8m.

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