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Around the NPB Horn: Marines, Carp, Swallows, and Bay Stars

by on Oct.23, 2009 @ 9:49 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Shingo Ono will likely hold off on exercising his FA option again to stay with the Marines.

"I love Lotte and I don't really feel like leaving. I had a tough time making a decision last season, but this season I'm not really thinking about using the option," said Ono.

Having another shot at starting again next season, along with the team hiring Takashi Nishimoto as their next pitching coach, are mentions as possible reasons for his decision to stay with the Marines.

Hiroshima Carp

...At the end of team practice the other day, Kenjiro Nomura picked up a bat and hit a "barrage" of grounders to Kenta Kurihara and Eishin Soyogi over a period of 30 minutes.

"Glove work...  Checking on how soft their hands are...  Even in the little leagues, it's important for the ball to go into the glove properly because otherwise it can lead to rushing throws and errors," said Nomura.

He added, "I want them to battle it out against themselves.  In watching the Climax Series and seeing the Fighters comeback like they did.  I want them to be persistent and learn how to fight it out."

...Yoshikazu Kura will likely announce his decision to stay with the team instead of exercise his FA option.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows are in the market for a foreign pitcher.  While a left-handed pitcher might be preferred, the Swallows will go after anyone they feel will ultimately help provide a boost to their starting rotation.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Atsushi Kizuka will likely opt to stay with the Bay Stars instead of exercise his FA option.  If he stays with the club, his contract will likely be a 1 year deal at about 60M yen (for a drop of about 10M yen).