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Around the NPB Horn: Obana officially announced as manager of the Bay Stars

by on Nov.11, 2009 @ 5:28 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Motonobu Tanishige has decided not to exercise his FA option and will stay with the Chunichi Dragons, saying, "I want to beat the Giants as a member of the Dragons."

Hiroshima Carp

...Shigenobu Shima signed a 45M yen contract (down 10M yen) during his second negotiation meeting with the team.

Rakuten Eagles

...Catcher Ginji Akaminai is working out at third base this off-season.  Seems he has his mind set on becoming a third baseman -- he didn't bring his catcher's equipment to camp.

...The Eagles held a press conference today (11/11) to introduce Marty Brown as their new manager.

Brown signed a 2-year deal worth 60M yen a year with a signing bonus of 30M yen.  The team has assigned him the number 81.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Takao Obana was officially announced as the Bay Stars news manager.