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Around the NPB Horn: Giants to get their first Championship Ring since 1981

by on Nov.21, 2009 @ 3:39 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines suffered an 8.5% drop in attendance this season.

...Saburo was named player rep yesterday.  In addition to that, Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Shoitsu Ohmatsu were named vice player reps; Tadahito Iguchi was named as advisor.

The first thing on Saburo's to do list: get the team to complete it's uniform cleaning service.

...Tsuyoshi Nishioka dropped by a Youth Detention Center in Kawagoe on Friday.  He spoke for 30 minutes in front of about 900 youths about life and baseball.

...At the team's final meeting of the year, manager Norifumi Nishimura told his players to be 100% ready for Spring camp.

Hanshin Tigers

...Shinjiro Hiyama visited Kobe Rainbow House on Friday.  Hiyama has been making visits to KRH for the last 7 years.

Kobe Rainbow House is a facility that helps grieving children.

...The following 8 players were designated to leave the team dorms to make room for the newly drafted players:

Ishikawa, Shunsuke
Ohshiro, Yuji
Tsujimoto, Kento (released)
Komiyama, Shinji
Shimizu, Takashi
Saka, Katsuhiko
Takahashi, Yusuke
Tamaki, Yutaka

...Kenji Johjima will be featured in the 2010 Hanshin Tigers calendar.  The calendar goes on sale on 11/27.

...The Hanshin Tigers are holding Fan Appreciation Day at Koshien Stadium today.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The cast came off of Yu Darvish's finger.  The fracture still isn't 100% healed, but the cast is no longer needed.  The Fighters will also likely allow Darvish to decide whether or not he'll be ready to start the season at Ni-gun or Ichi-gun.

...The Fighters are looking for Sho Nakata to be in the starting line-up at first, third, or in the outfield.  Not as a DH.  The reason for this is because the club would like to reserve the DH spot for a foreign power hitter.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada would still be more than happy to visit So Taguchi, if it means it'll help the team gain his services.

Taguchi is currently in Japan, but plans to head out to the US on the 30th.  Taguchi still has his sights set on the Majors.  He will be returning to Japan sometime in the middle of December.

Rakuten Eagles

...Teppei apparently wants a contract that pays him a yearly salary over 100M yen.  Teppei made 52M yen this past season.

...Takeshi Yamasaki isn't going to back off his multi-year demand.  He wants at least 2 years.

Softbank Hawks

...More than hitting home runs, Bum-Ho Lee wants to focus on driving in runs.

Yakult Swallows

...Shinya Miyamoto donated 1,410,000yen to the Japan Guide Dog Association on Friday.  Miyamoto promised to donate 10,000yen for each hit he collected this season.  He had 138 regular season hits and 3 during the Climax Series.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshinobu Takahashi is working his way back from back surgery that he had in September.  For the first time since that surgery, Takahashi did some soft toss BP on the 20th.  He's also be doing some running with his spikes since the 19th.

...Yoshiyuki Kamei is nursing a banged up left knee.  Once he finishes with his last official game of the season (U-26 vs College All-Stars), he'll hold off on swinging the bat for the rest of the year.  He also plans on taking a trip across Japan in order to visit various spas with the kanji character 'kame' (亀) to help rehab his left knee.

...About 50 players and coaches will be receiving a championship ring for winning this year's Nippon Series.  It will be the first championship ring handed out since 1981.  The ring will likely cost about 1M yen.

Other

...Shugo Fujii still has not received any offers.