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Around the NPB Horn: Fighters’ parade info, Hawks begin testing new unis

by on Nov.14, 2009 @ 3:32 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...A reporter from Chunichi Sports visited Tony Blanco at his home in the Dominican Republic and was surprised to see how big his house was.  He was also introduced to his wife Kenya and his two sons Tony Jr. and Pedro.

Blanco also said that he was aiming to hit 40 home runs next season.

"Next season?  I want to hit 40 home runs.  I think I have a better feel for the Japanese pitchers now.  There may be times where I go on a home run drought over the course of the long season, but I think I can reach that number as long as I make the right adjustments along the way," said Blanco.

He later added, "I'd like to play in Japan at least 5, no, 7 more years.  I want to keep playing in Japan."

...Naomichi Donoue agreed to a 7M yen contract (down 800,000yen) on Friday.  The team managed signed 7 other players.

Hanshin Tigers

...Kohei Shibata was seen taking bunt practice against a BP machine on Friday.  But there's more: Shibata was only about 7 meters (23 feet) away from the machine.  To put that into perspective, that's about a third of the distance between the rubber and home plate.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...70 players and coaches will take part in the Fighters parade on the 22nd.  The parade will start at 11am at Odorinishi 6-chome and end near the Susukino crossing; all told, it should be a parade that last about 20 minutes.

The players and coaches will ride in cars and bus without rooftops.

There will be roughly 3,300 guards and volunteers on hand to help ensure nothing goes wrong during the parade.

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks began testing out their new uniformsTsuyoshi Wada tossed about 80 pitches in a bullpen session while wearing the new uniform and said that the uniform felt heavy when it soaked in sweat.