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Around the NPB Horn: No multi-year deals for Marines’ players this season

by on Oct.18, 2009 @ 11:16 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines announced that they will be moving away from giving players multi-year deals.

"We haven't had much success with players that we've signed multi-year deals with.  We won't be signing any multi-year deals this off-season.  We want the players to take each year seriously," said someone connected to the club.

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers' rice paddies were harvested by about 350 fans on the 18th.  And despite heavy rainfall, the paddies still yielded roughly 600kg of rice.

...The Tigers may try to get Yamato to learn a new position in case the team goes through another spate of injuries next season.  In addition to being able to play short and second, the Tigers may also try to play him at third.

...Satoru Kanemura will try to work his way back into the rotation during the off-season.

...Yasutomo Kubo said that he'll take a month off to "recharge" before starting up his off-season training regime.

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp announced the 53 players that will  be attending Fall camp that begins on the 26th.  The team is already scheduled to play 2 practice games against the Softbank Hawks on the 29th and 30th.

Orix Buffaloes

...It seems like both Hirotoshi Kitagawa and Osamu Hamanaka will stick around with the team next season.

Rakuten Eagles

...Katsuya Nomura's book on his life as manager of the Eagles was originally set to hit book-stands on October 10th but has since been pushed off to mid-December as the team made the Climax Series.  The book is currently said to be 70% done.

...Takeshi Yamasaki Stadium opened on the 17th in Kurihara City, Miyagi Prefecture.

Seibu Lions

...Hideaki Wakui will likely shut his right arm down at some point during the year to give it some rest.  He won 16 games in 27 starts and thre 3,555 pitches this season.

"I decided that I would shut down my arm.  I will just do a lot of running," said Wakui.

Wakui will focus on building up his lower body while he rests his arm.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars are thinking about making Hayato Terahara their closer again next season.

"If the new manager wants me to close out game, I'll be more than happy to do it.  I also had some fun experiences from doing it a year ago," said Terahara.

Terahara saved 22 games in 2008.