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Around the NPB Horn: Darvish fasting, could do some light throwing in early December

by on Nov.28, 2009 @ 7:16 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Ishigaki Central Sports Park Baseball Stadium is currently undergoing renovations and may not be ready in time for Marines Spring camp.

...The Marines are currently pushing forward with plans to play an exhibition game against Keio University in the Spring of 2011.  Current rules stipulate that amateur teams cannot play games against professional teams without special cause, but recent developments are giving the Marines hope that by the time 2011 rolls around, they'll have the permission they need to play an exhibition game against Keio.

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers will be giving Hisanori Nishitani (INF) and Naoya Okamoto (P) tryouts on December 2nd at their Naruohama training facilities.

...Keisuke Kano was the chief of police for the day in Nishinomiya City on Friday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yu Darvish is currently fasting to help "reset" his body.  He hopes to begin throwing again sometime in early December.

Softbank Hawks

...The media found out on Friday that Hidenori Tanoue was married to a woman living in Osaka named Kaori.  The two will hold an official wedding ceremony sometime during the next off-season.

The two were introduced to each other by a mutual friend in 2007 and had been going out since then.

Yakult Swallows

...Masanori Ishikawa was a store manager for the day at a sports store in Tokyo on Friday in an attempt to win over more Yakult fans.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars are planning to take some of their new players on a bus tour around Yokohama.  They are hoping to give their new players a good look of what Yokohama is like.

Yomiuri Giants

...In becoming the 17th Giants' player rep, Tetsuya Utsumi also became only the third pitcher ever to be named to the position.

The other two: Tsuneo Horiuchi (1977-78) and Masumi Kuwata (1999-2000).

Other

...Former Kokutetsu catcher Hiromitsu Negoro passed away at 12:50am on Friday morning due to complications with stomach cancer.  He was 73.

Negoro spent most of his career on the Kokutetsu Swallows (1957-1966) before joining the Hankyu Braves in 1967 and retiring in 1968.  He also spent time coaching for the Hakyu Braves, Lotte Orions, Yakult Swallows, and Orix Blue Wave.

Career Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI R SB SH SF BB/HBP SO BA
1083 2705 186 575 71 11 50 818 234 12 64 17 169 359 .213