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Around the NPB Horn: Marines to try and sign Tae-Gyun Kim (INF)?

by on Nov.11, 2009 @ 9:38 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines are set to begin negotiations with KBO free agent (formerly of the Hanwha Eagles) Tae-Gyun Kim (INF).  The Tigers and Eagles are also apparently interested in Kim, as well as a number of KBO ball clubs.  According to the article, there also appears to be some interest in Kim from the Majors.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Pacific League selected Katsuya Nomura on Wednesday as this year's recipient of the Award for Distinguished Services.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants announced that they signed former Chunichi Dragons' pitcher Atsushi Nakazato to a contract.  No word on the amount, but the Giants have already assigned him the number 63.

...Netting to be added above the Tokyo Dome outfield walls during the off-season.

About 20cm of netting is to be added above the outfield walls at the Tokyo Dome in order to help umpires determine home run balls.  As it stands right now, some home run balls hit into the stands can hit a railing that runs along near the top of the fence and bounce back onto the field, making it difficult to judge whether or not a ball has actually gone over the fence.