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Around the NPB Horn: Kenji Johjima signature stickers?

by on Nov.30, 2009 @ 10:42 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Hiromitsu Ochiai is thinking about moving Hirokazu Ibata and Masahiro Araki again.

Coming into the 2009 season, the team was hoping to play Ibata at second and Araki at short.  But due to unforeseen circumstances (Araki has shoulder problems and Ibata suffered from vision problems), the two ended up going back to their original positions partway through the season.

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers and Nike are planning on producing a bunch of Kenji Johjima signature stickers.

So instead of having him spend time physically signing items, they'll just have Johjima hand out stickers.

Rakuten Eagles

...Takeshi Yamasaki is hoping to play in every single game next season.  He has missed out on playing full seasons by just a few games in each of the last three seasons: 3 games in 2007 and 2 games in both 2008 and 2009.