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Draft News and Notes: Ogino wants the number 4, Lions to visit Kikuchi

by on Nov.04, 2009 @ 10:52 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Takashi Ogino wouldn't mind getting the number 4.

If the number 4 isn't taken, I'll take it.  They say the number 4 isn't a very lucky number, but I wouldn't be too worried about it.

In Japan, the the word for 4 has the same pronunciation for the word for death, so most players don't like the number.  It would be somewhat similar to the number 13 in the US.  Up until now, players that wore the number 4 with Lotte have been foreign players because they don't have any hangups with the number.

Hanshin Tigers

...visited Ikusei 2nd round draft pick Kenichi Tagami yesterday.  His goal is to become like Ichiro Suzuki.

Orix Buffaloes

...visited 4th round draft pick Yuji Maeda yesterday.  Maeda is the first BC League player to be taken in the draft.

Seibu Loins

...will be visiting Yuseki Kikuchi today (10/4).

They'll visit Kikuchi in between classes during a 10 minute break.  They will not be presenting him with an offer.  But they will be giving him the lottery ticket that Hisanobu Watanabe drew during the draft that won the Lions the rights to negotiate with Kikuchi.  The lottery ticket is signed with with a personal message from Watanabe.

...The Lions are expecting lots of fans to drop by Spring camp in Nichinan City in order to get their first look at Kikuchi in a Lions' uniform.  In order to accommodate the large number of fans, the team will be providing temporary bus transportation to and from the training grounds.

Because of this, Nichinan City is also planning to make Kikuchi their "sightseeing ambassador."

Yakult Swallows

...visited Ikusei first round draft pick Maike Magario on 10/2.  The Swallows are hoping Magario can develop into a player like Takahiro Ikeyama.

...First round draft pick Masato Nakazawa will start the year at Ichi-gun Spring camp.