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Around the NPB Horn: Marines, Tigers, Carp, Hawks, Swallows, and Giants

by on Nov.07, 2009 @ 4:39 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines are opening up their Fall camp at Chiba Marine Stadium to fans for free.

The team is currently split up into two groups right now but beginning on the 16th, the team will come together again for 3 days of training.

Hanshin Tigers

...Kodai Sakurai took some infield practice while a few of the infielders took outfield practice during Friday's Fall camp.  Pitchers also spent time fielding come-backers using a softer ball.

...Takashi Toritani is looking to play every inning of every game next season.

...The Tigers are planning to get Kenji Johjima involved as soon as possible.   And since building rapport with the pitching staff is important, he'll likely start in most, if not all, exhibition games.

...Norihiro Akahoshi ran sprints for the first time in two months on Friday.

He ran three 40-meter sprints, played some catch, and did some light running for practice on Friday at the Naruohama training grounds.

...Atsushi Noumi's no throw ban was lifted on Friday; he spent about 10 minutes airing out his arm with long throws.

...Yuya Nohara has been getting hitting advice to use his lower body more.

...Shunsuke Ishikawa is making some modifications to his delivery.  He tossed 65 pitches in a bullpen session on Friday and was seen shaking his leg three times during his delivery to help his timing.

...Wei-Chu Lin will be focusing on building up his body this off-season.  He'll also continue working out at the Naruohama training field.

Said Lin, "I'll make time to work on my throws.  It'll be better for me if I practice on a field.  I'll also be working with weights to build up my body."

...The Tigers will keep their eye on Hideki Matsui to see what he does during the off-season.

Hiroshima Carp

...Jun Hirose (OF), Masafumi Suenaga (OF), Shigenobu Shima (OF), and Choji Mori (P) have put contract negotiations on hold.

Hirose was offered a contract worth 19M yen (up 3.5M yen from this past season) while Suenaga was offered a 12M yen contract (up 4M yen).  Both players felt as though they deserved more.

Shima was also offered a contract and while he liked the numbers, he said that there were a few more things that needed to be hammered out.

...The Carp will be working on stealing bases during the off-season, an aspect of the game that Kenjiro Nomura values.  On Friday, six players (including Soichiro Amaya, Suenaga, and Shogo Kimura) worked on stealing second base.

Softbank Hawks

...Hiroki Yamada was released back on 10/30.  The team invited him to Fall camp and Sadaharu Oh liked what he saw.  So much that the team will likely re-sign him to a contract.

Said Oh, "He's got a big body and he can throw the ball at an angle.  It would be good if he can become a start for us."

Yakult Swallows

...Since there's a good chance Ryota Igarashi won't be with the team next season, Hirotoshi Ishii is trying to work his way into the set-up role.

...Hitoshi Yamamoto tossed BP to 16 batters and gave up 3 hits.  He's working on making his way into the rotation next season.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants are planning on offering Akira Eto an Ikusei coaching position.