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Around the NPB Horn: Darvish to be Nakata’s mental coach?

by on Nov.29, 2009 @ 8:41 am, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenjiro Nomura will likely not be selecting a captain for the 2010 season.  Instead, he's hoping the vice player reps -- Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Akihiro Higashide, and Kenta Kurihara -- step up and take charge when needed.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Masataka Nashida appointed Yu Darvish to be Sho Nakata's "mental coach."

...Speaking of Nakata, he took his last swings of the bat this year on Saturday.  Nakata said that he plans on working on strengthening his lower body and will focus solely on weight training for the rest of the year.

Orix Buffaloes

...Six players staying at a dorm in Kobe came down with fevers on Saturday.  Three were diagnosed with the swine flu while the other three had regular colds.

Seibu Lions

...Hideaki Wakui is hoping to at least double his salary for the 2010 season -- he made 120M yen this past season.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshiyuki Kamei and Tetsuya Yamaguchi will likely be the new vice player reps.