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Around the NPB Horn: Facial hair ban in Yokohama? Eagles to send scout to DR for the next Blanco

by on Nov.16, 2009 @ 7:17 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Kentaro Sekimoto doesn't care where he plays in the field and where he hits in the line-up.

"I still haven't spoke to the manager about where I'll be playing.  Even if I'm assigned a specific position, I'm not going to assume that's where I'll be playing the whole year.  I'm going to be prepared to play wherever they ask me to play, that's my strength," said Sekimoto.

...Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi is recommending pitchers to work out with Kenji Johjima over the off-season so that they can get to know him better.

...Atsushi Fujimoto will likely make an announce today of what he plans to do with the FA option.  Chances are good that he'll opt for free agency.

Hiroshima Carp

...Kan Ohtake gained weight this year and by season's end, he was about 100kg (he's listed at 85kg in the registry).  He has since gone on a diet and has dropped 8kg.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...More comments from funnyman, Sho Nakata:

Kikuchi?  Yeah, I've heard about him.  He IS important. ... He throws hard.  Confrontation?  I'll probably just strike out. ... He got a lot of interest from the Majors, right?  He's more amazing than me...

...Masaru Takeda could be the opening day starter for 2010, now that there's a chance  NP might start the season at Ni-Gun.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada wants to put Japanese players into the first three slots of the line-up with Mitsutaka Goto batting third.  The idea is to try and get players on base for the power hitting foreigners: Tuffy Rhodes, Alex Cabrera, and Greg LaRocca.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles will be sending their chief scout to the Dominican Republic to try and find another player like Tony Blanco.

Seibu Lions

...Kimiyasu Kudo's uniform number will be 55.

Yakult Swallows

...Ryota Igarashi said that he is parting ways with his alter-ego character, Swallows Man.  Igarashi also apparently refused the Swallows' invitation to attend Fan Appreciation Day on the 23rd.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Looks like Takao Obana has placed a ban on facial hair and black hair dyed brown.

Yomiuri Giants

...Shinnosuke Abe would like to stay with the Giants and will begin negotiations with the team on Monday.

...Hisanori Takahashi wants to stay with the Giants, but if talks break down, he could give the Majors a shot.

...Taishi Ohta will try to bulk up a little more during the off-season.

...Sports Hochi will be selling a book that contains clippings of articles from their newspaper that covers the 2009 Giants' Championship season run.

The book will be 196 pages long and will go on sale on Monday (11/16) for 980yen.