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Around the NPB Horn: Marines to give Zuleta a tryout

by on Nov.13, 2009 @ 4:09 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines announced that they will give Julio Zuleta a tryout on the 16th at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons are thinking about starting Junki Ito at Ichi-gun Spring camp.  Chunichi is hoping that Ito will blossom into an ace for them.  Ito was the Dragons' second round draft pick in 2008.

...The Dragons apparently re-signed 8 players to contracts yesterday.

...Kenichi Nakata is working on picking up a late breaking slider.

During a 96-pitch bullpen session on Thursday, Nakata threw the new pitch about 5 times.  The new slider apparently had a sharp break right before it reaches home plate.

Hiroshima Carp

...Ryuji Yokoyama announced that he will not be exercising his FA option in order to stay in Hiroshima for at least one more season.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars held their press conference on Friday for Takao Obana aboard the cruise ship Marine Rouge.  It was the first ever press conference to be held on a ship.  (There are some images from the even at the link provided.)

Yomiuri Giants

...Wirfin Obispo's uniform number will change from 91 to 13 next season.


...Ni-gun Yomiuri and Hanshin will play a game at Onoyama Stadium in Naha City, Okinawa Precture next season.  Onoyama Stadium has been undergoing majors renovations and will reopen in April.

The Giants are planning on using the Onoyama facilities (along with the facilities they've been using in Miyazaki) for their Spring camp in 2011.