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Woah… Don’t count the Hawks out of the Johjima sweepstakes just yet…

by on Oct.21, 2009 @ 4:14 pm, under NPB

It appears as though Sadaharu Oh is still interested in having Kenji Johjima back on the team.

"I think his presence on the Hawks is needed," said Oh. "It would be great if he can return to playing with a Hawks' uniform."

Oh added, "I think the club as a whole needs to think about it.  At this point, I don't think it'll be possible for the club to come up with an answer right away."

It'll be interesting if there is a split in the front office with regards to whether or not Johjima returns to the Hawks.  More than that, if the Hawks do go after Johjima, where will Hidenori Tanoue play?

Tanoue has played a couple of games at first and third in his career, but that's about it.  And while first base could be an interesting option, the Hawks have Hiroki Kokubo there.  The Hawks could turn around and make Kokubo a third baseman again, but if I'm not mistaken, one of their main reasons for moving him over to first was due to his healthy.  They also have a Nobuhiro Matsuda to play third.

At the end of the day, it just doesn't make much sense for the Hawks to go after Johjima, unless they also plan on making some fairly big moves to make room for him.

2 comments on “Woah… Don’t count the Hawks out of the Johjima sweepstakes just yet…

  1. trismaster

    They could always move Matsuda to 2nd base. Honda can go to the bench as a defensive replacement for late innings.

    The Hawks seriously need a better bat at 2nd .

    1. Gen Post author

      Matsuda could probably easily pick up second base (professionally, he’s only played third and something like 22 games at first).

      The bigger question is, would Kokubo be physically ok playing third?

      He’s two seasons removed from the last time he played third base and he’s going to be 39 next season. It’ll also likely take his ok to move him.

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