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Around the NPB Horn: Marines, Dragons, Tigers, Eagles, Lions, Swallows and Bay Stars

by on Oct.25, 2009 @ 4:03 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Norifumi Nishimura said that he is thinking about handing a manager's award out of his own pocket.

The award won't be money but rather something like meat or sake.

Said Nishimura, "I'm thinking about a manger's award for next season.  Not money, but things like Sake and meat"

Chunichi Dragons

...Kazuki Inoue retired as a player this year and will return to the team as batting coach for the Ni-gun squad.

The Dragons also decided to invite Tetsuya Kakiuchi to be the team's Ichi-gun batting coach.

The team also appears to be heading towards releasing Byung-Kyu Lee; re-signing 1-year deals with Tony Blanco, Wei-Ying Chen, Nelson Payano, and Maximo Nelson; and it appears as though Tomas De La Rosa will return to the team as a coach and advisor.  It is also expected that Motonobu Tanishige will return with the team next year.

Hanshin Tigers

...Minoru Iwata has his eyes set on tossing 200 innings next season.  Only one pitcher in the NPB reached 200 innings this season and that Hideaki Wakui of the Seibu Lions with 211.2 innings of work.  The last Tiger to reach the milestone was Kei Igawa in 2006 with 209.0 innings of work.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles are expected to make some coaching changes as they prepare for the arrival of Marty Brown.  Brown will also likely bring Jeff Livesey along with him to be his bench coach.

Ichi-gun batting coach Takahiro Ikeyama is one of the coaches that will likely not return next season.

Seibu Lions

...Kazuhisa Ishii will likely undergo a procedure to remove a corn that developed on the base on the middle toe on his right foot.

The corn gave Ishii problems this season, hampering his mobility and causing him to lose sensation of his right foot at times.

Ishii has already gone to a hospital to see what his options are and the corn will be removed over time by freezing it.

Yakult Swallows

...Keizo Kawashima has opted to forgo surgery on his right elbow and will instead use alternative methods to prepare himself for the 2010 season, including not throwing the ball until the beginning of next year.

If Kawashima were to have the surgery, he would likely be out until August or September.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Atsushi Kizuka will hold off on making any decisions about his FA status a bit longer as he tries to figure out what he wants to do.

The Bay Stars have apparently offered Kizuka a contract worth around 70M yen to get him to stay.