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Around the NPB Horn: Tigers news, Uchikawa takes on an agents, and other headlines

by on Oct.19, 2009 @ 11:14 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines might be willing to promote a number of Ikusei players to Ichi-gun for Spring camp based on their performances during the Phoenix League.

Said the manager Nishimura, "I'm thinking about promoting Ikusei players that have done exceptionally well at the Phoenix League to the Ichi-gun roster.  It'll become a nice incentive for the younger players.  I'll give players that put up numbers a chance."

Hanshin Tigers

...Wei-Chu Lin took about 200 swings in the batting cages on Sunday.

...Minoru Iwata will be including lots of vegetables in his diet this off-season as he works on rebuilding and strengthening his body / arm.

Fellow team mate Tomoaki Kanemoto is on a similar vegetable diet rich in beta-carotenes.

...Atsushi Noumi will also be working on strengthening his arm during the off-season and will slowly get his body into practicing shape.  He's starting off with some light weight training before moving on to throwing.

...Akinobu Mayumi has selected about 30 players to join him at Fall camp that begins on the 21st.  Each of the players Mayumi has selected are all considered hopefuls to be on the Ichi-gun roster next season.

...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi still has no idea on what his plans are moving forward.

...No decisions have been made yet as to how the club will utilize Tomoyuki Kubota next season.  Kubota would like to be a starter but the club could put him back in the pen.

"I haven't spoken to the coaches yet.  My wish?  I'd like to talk to them about being a starter next season.  But it isn't like that's the only thing I want to do," said Kubota.

...Norihiro Akahoshi will be working his way toward Spring camp.

...Ryo Asai took fielding practice on Sunday for the first time since going down with a hamstring injury.

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenjiro Nomura is having his outfielders and infielders work on their communication during plays that involve both sets of fielders.  They'll also be working on cut-off throws and various other exercises geared towards improving their defense after fielding the ball.

Orix Buffaloes

...Newly appoint manager Okada firmly asked that Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera attend Spring camp that begins on February 1st, 2010.

"I'm not going to give players any special treatment just because they're foreigners," said Okada.

Up until this year, foreigners weren't required to join up with the team until mid-February.

Seibu Lions

...G.G. Sato may not attend Fall camp (begins 11/1) after he was diagnosed with patellar tendinitis after the end of the season.  The team may put G.G. Sato on a separate training schedule so that he can rehab his knees.

Softbank Hawks

...Koji Akiyama expects most of the players on his team to attend the Fall camp that begins on 11/3.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa will be relying on an agent, for the first time in his career, to help him negotiate a new deal with the Bay Stars.

"Rather than get too emotional over the negotiations myself, I thought it best to send in an agent and have them take care of it.  It'll also give me a chance to focus on practicing," said Uchikawa.

Uchikawa is currently looking for a one-year deal -- he is on track to earn his FA option next season.

"I just wanted to be judged based on what I've accomplished.  I'm not even thinking [about a long term deal] rigt now," added Uchikawa.