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Around the NPB Horn: Tigers back off a bit on Fujii, Bay Stars to announce Obana on the 11/11?

by on Nov.11, 2009 @ 12:45 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The combination of Masahiro Araki (2B) and Hirokazu Ibata (SS) have won the Golden Glove Awards 6 years in a row.  It was also the 6th consecutive year that the Dragons had at least 3 players win Golden Glove Awards.

Hanshin Tigers

...A day after expressing interest in Shugo Fujii, the Tigers are backing off a bit.

Said team owner Sakai, "I haven't checked with the front office so I can't be sure.  I also haven't had a chance to talk to them about it.  All I know is that he's not a high priority."

...Atsushi Fujimoto met with the Tigers on Tuesday and apparently told them that he wanted to test the FA waters to see how much interest other clubs have in him.

...Tomoyuku Kubota was seen throwing three baseballs as part of his training on Tuesday.

...The Tigers re-signed Hirokazu Shiranita to an 11M yen contract (down 2Myen from this past year).

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The team could be looking to Sho Nakata to provide the offensive spark next season that was Terrmel Sledge this past season.

...It seems that part of the reason why Yu Darvish suffered a fracture in his index finger was due to the pitching style he was using during the Nippon Series.  Instead of using his entire body to throw the ball, Darvish was using his hands more.

...It appears there's no chance that Shugo Fujii will be returning to the Fighters next season.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada is recommending that his younger players check Ichiro out when he begins his early training in mid-December.

"If they can practice with Ichiro, that will definitely be a plus for them.  They can get a chance to see a great example.  And if he doesn't mind, maybe they can practice with him," said Okada.

Softbank Hawks

...Kenji Ohtonari will continue to shave his head until he records double-digit wins.

Yakult Swallows

...Shinya Miyamoto will be a player / coach again next season.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars will likely announce Takao Obana as their new manager on the 11/13.  The team also plans to offer Katsunori Okamoto the Ichi-gun pitching coach job.

Actually, to make things a bit clearer, the team will make an official announcement on the 11th and then hold a press conference on the 13th.

...It seems there's a good chance that the Bay Stars will sign Tasuku Hashimoto.

Yomiuri Giants

...Dicky Gonzalez could be the starter for the Japan - Korea Championship game on the 14th.

...The Giants don't appear to have any interest in Shugo Fujii.

...The Giants do appear to be going after right-handed, 27-year-old Atsushi Nakazato (P), formerly of the Chunichi Dragons.