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Around the NPB Horn: Multi-year deal for Kensuke Tanaka?

by on Nov.28, 2009 @ 9:51 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Yuya Nohara is planning on increasing his sleeping hours after being told that it's good for the body to sleep at least 8 hours a day.

...The Tigers held a 4-hour lecture for their younger players on Friday.  Topics the lecture covered included how to handle the media and different training methods.

...Motoh Ando stepped down as the Old Timer's chairman on Saturday.  Koichi Tabuchi takes over as the new chairman.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters are mulling over the idea of offering Kensuke Tanaka a multi-year deal.  Tanaka will be eligible to earn his domestic FA option during the 2010 season and the Fighters are hoping a multi-year deal will make him happy enough to stay with the club.

...Yoshinori Tateyama is currently working on adding a new pitch to his repertoire.  Tateyama is basically a 2-pitch pitcher right now (fastball and curve) and would like to add a slider to his arsenal.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles re-signed the following six players to contracts on Friday:

Yusuke Inoue - 11.5M yen (down 500,000yen)
Satoru Ishikawa - 7.8M yen (down 200,00oyen)
Hisashi Kawata - 7.6M yenn (down 900,000yen)
Shintaro Masuda - 6M yen (down 300,000 yen)
Shoji Ohhiro - 7.5M yen (down 300,000yen)
Yusuke Kusuki - 12Myen (no change)

...Takeshi Yamasaki not only wants to hit 37 home runs next season (to reach 400 for his career), he also wants to steal 10 bases.

Seibu Lions

...Hideaki Wakui and Shogo Akada were special guests at the lighting of the Christmas lights near the West exit of Tokorozawa station on Saturday.

Softbank Hawks

...Tadashi Settsu was special guest at a Chikuho Electric Railroad event on Saturday.  He wore a Chikuho uniform and greeted visitors that came to the event.

Settsu has experience working as a train station attendant back from his days when he was a member of the JR Higashi Tohoku baseball team.

Yakult Swallows

...Shohei Tateyama and Yoshinori held a baseball clinic on Saturday at Hojo Elementary school in Tateyama City, Chiba.