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Around the NPB Horn: Yoshio Itoi looking toward a future in the Majors?

by on Nov.30, 2009 @ 9:23 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines are thinking about creating a Korean version of their website.

Chunichi Dragons

...Hiromitsu Ochiai will likely keep his distance from the media and keep his mouth shut again next season.

"I'll likely keep my mouth shut again next season.  There's no better way way to treat the fans than to win," said Ochiai.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yoshio Itoi let loose his desire to play in the Majors after establishing himself in the NPB a bit more.

...Masataka Nashida is hoping newly signed Masao Kida will help some of the younger pitchers along.

"He's playing in the pros now for quite some time.  There's a lot young players can learn from him.  Just practicing in the [minors] should be a big help.  I'd like him to pass on whatever information he can," said Nashida.

Nasahida also included that he plans on using Kida where ever he's needed.

Said Nashida, "Starting, relieving, I'll use him in both situations.  Any time I need help, I'll turn to Kida."

Orix Buffaloes

...More on Takahiro Okada's newplayer registry name: there were about 7,000 submissions from fans, but in the end, T-Okada was picked (as in T-Rex).

"There were really a lot of options, but for the next year, I'm going to be the one wearing the uniform and playing baseball so I don't want to wear something that might embarrass me.  I made the final decision," said Okada.

Softbank Hawks

...Hiroki Kokubo has his eyes set on hitting 30 home runs next season.

The last time Kokubo hit 30 was in 2005 when he played for the Yomiuiri Giants and hit 34.

Yakult Swallows

...Yoshinori is looking to become the first Japanese player to hit 160km/h on the radar gun.  Yoshinori hit 157km/h this season on April 26th against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

...Yuhei Takai continues to work on his conversion from pitcher to outfielder.  He's currently undergoing hard training, promising to swing the bat at least 1,000 times a day during the off-season.

Yomiuri Giants

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi doesn't plan on taking any breaks and will train right on through to the end of the year.