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Around the NPB Horn: Lions like what they see in LaForest so far

by on Nov.03, 2009 @ 1:54 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons announced that they are parting ways with the following 6 players:

Higuchi, Ken P
Kikuchi, Masanori P
Nakazato, Atsushi P
Sato, Ryota P
Ogawa, Masatoshi C
Nakamura, Koji OF

Hanshin Tigers

...Sho Ikketsu is trying to pick up a slider.

After throwing 53 pitches in a bullpen session, pitching coach Kubo suggested Ikketsu throwing a slider using a two-seamer delivery.

"It's like a big breaking slurve.  Fall camp is a good time to try a lot of new things," said Kubo. "Noumi throws it the same way.  If you throw it like a two-seamer, you can get a big break."

...The Tigers continued to practice bunting and base running on Monday.

...The Hanshin Electric Railway Company installed a commemorative plate on the outside of Koshien Stadium marking the Crown Prince's visit during this year's high school baseball tournament.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes announced that Ni-gun manager Hideo Furuya is leaving the club.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles announced on Monday that they are parting ways with Hisanori Nishitani (INF) and En-Yu Lin (P).

Seibu Lions

...Pete LaForest continues to impress the Lions.  And not just with his bat, but also with his people skills.  Seems he's mixing in with the other members of the team fairly well.

"I hear he really likes Japan.  The ball flies off his bat and he works really hard during practice," said Hisanobu Watanabe.

2 comments on “Around the NPB Horn: Lions like what they see in LaForest so far

  1. Deanna

    Well, since you have this tagged “foreign interest”, I must admit I have no idea what happened to Ken Higuchi this year — doesn’t look like he played in any games at all. Have you seen anything about it? Injury or something?

    Not sure if you know or not, though, but Higuchi’s father is British, and Ken was born in London. His mother moved back to Japan with him when he was 3 years old.

    Does that count as “foreign interest”? :)

    1. Gen Post author

      Sorry, the tag probably isn’t very self explanatory, especially in a general posting like this.

      Foreign Interest actually refers to team that have an interest in foreign players. So it actually also refers to Pete LaForest.

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