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Around the NPB Horn: Fighters to take a more hands-off approach with Nakata

by on Nov.14, 2009 @ 1:29 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Naoyuki Shimizu will be making an appearance at Marines' Fan Appreciation Day on the 21st.

Shimizu approached the front office and asked if he could attend the event to meet with fans in a Lotte uniform for one last time.

And according to Sanspo, he's working on a speech.

Chunichi Dragons

...Wei-Ying Chen is flying back to Taiwan with hopes of training alongside Chien-Ming Wang.  Chen was trying to train with Wang last season, but their schedules didn't match up.  No specific dates have been set yet, but Chen hopes that he'll be able to spend at least a few days training with Wang this off-season.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Shinichi Igarashi (newly appointed Ni-gun manager) will try a more hands-off approach with Sho Nakata next season.

Said Igarashi, "He needs to become an Ichi-gun player.  Reaching out to help him by telling him what to do isn't going to help him any."

Nakata was apparently "babied" to some degree by former Ni-gun manager Yoshio Mizukami.

Rakuten Eagles

...Hideki Asai held a 200-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Softbank Hawks

...Now that Kenji Johjima is officially a member of the Hanshin Tigers, the Softbank Hawks will lift the temporary freeze they placed on his old number 2.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows will hold a drug awareness program on the 24th for their players and coaches.

Yomiuri Giants

...I don't really know how much a manager means to a team's overall performance, but Tatsunori Hara has had a pretty successful year.  He led Japan to a WBC title, led the Giants to a Central League title and a Nippon Series title, and now has a shot a winning the Japan - Korea Championships.

Not bad for a year's worth of work.