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Around the NPB Horn: Marines, Carp, Eagles, Lions, and Swallows

by on Oct.28, 2009 @ 12:05 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines officially announced that Takashi Nishimoto will be the team's Ichi-gun pitching and battery coach next season.  He has been assigned the number 71.

Hiroshima Carp

...It appears as though manager Kenjiro Nomura likes his mini walkie-talkie set-up when the team works on defense because it allows him to see things from further out.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles announced on Tuesday that Koichi Isobe has retired.

Seibu Lions

...Hiroshi Hirao and Yoshihiro Doi said that they will not exercise their FA options and will stay with the team for at least another season.

Yakult Swallows

...Jun Otsuka was released by the team on Tuesday but will return next season as a Ni-gun staff member.