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Around the NPB Horn: Fighters re-sign 9 players, Buffaloes announce uni # changes

by on Nov.17, 2009 @ 4:22 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

... The Dragons announced that they will continue to sell and produce Kazuyoshi Tatsunami merchandise until March 2010.  The club has already notified Tatsunami and received his permission.

...Akihiro Maeda and Daisuke Tanaka have been watching video footage of Motonobu Tanishige from this past season as a learning tool during Fall practice.  They are trying to figure out ways to "overtake" the veteran.

Hiroshima Carp

...Jumpei Shinoda tossed a 172-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters re-signed Kenji Tsuchiya to a contract worth 5M yen (no change).

The Fighters also re-signed the following 8 players:

Romash Tasuku Dass - 5.2M yen (no change)
Suguru Matsuyama - 4.5M yen (no change)
Akiyoshi Toyoshima - 4.8M yen (no change)
Yusuke Uemura - 5.5M yen (up 300,000yen)
Mitsuo Yoshikawa - 11M yen (down 3M yen)
Kazunori Yamamoto - 9M yen (down 600,000yen)
Ryuichi Watanabe - 5.5M yen (no change)
Atsushi Ugumori - 5.8M yen (no change)

Orix Buffaloes

...The following uniform number changes were announced today:

Tomotaka Sakaguchi 52 > 9
Koji Yamasaki 00 > 2
Ikki Shimamura 54 > 3
Mamoru Kishida 14 > 18
Masanobu Ohkubo 35 > 11
Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara 43 > 6

...The Buffaloes announced today that they will be parting ways with Jose Fernandez and Ryan Vogelsong.

Yomiuri Giants

...Micheal Nakamura returned to his home in Australia today.  Nakamura didn't have much success in his first year with the Giants.

...The Giants re-signed Daisuke Nakai to a contract worth 8M yen (up 1.7M yen).  Nakai is hoping to make the Ichi-gun roster next season as a second baseman.

...Seung-Yeop Lee will be in his final year of a 4-year contract next season.  He hopes to win his starting first base position back next season.  Lee returned to Korea today.

...The Giants held a team celebration at a hotel on Monday.  About 2,000 people from the baseball community attended the event.


...Daisuke Matsuzaka believes that Kenji Johjima will change the Tigers (for the better).