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Around the NPB Horn: Matsunaka to begin running program on the 4th

by on Dec.01, 2009 @ 9:53 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines re-signed Koichi Hori to a contract worth 34M yen (down 11M yen).

Chunichi Dragons

...Kazuhiro Wada is in the final year of a 3-year contract.  It was decided today that his salary for next season will be 280M yen (no change).

The Dragons also re-signed Junichi Kawahara to contract worth 30M yen (up 24M yen).

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers re-signed the following five players:

Tomoyuki Kubota - 77M yen (down 33M yen)

Hirotaka Egusa - 50M yen (up 7.5M yen)

Ryo Asai - 30M yen (up 5M yen)

Ikuro Katsuragi - 31M yen (down 4M yen)

Wei-Chu Lin - 31M yen (down 7M yen)

Orix Buffaloes

...Kenta Doi was another one of the 9 players the Buffaloes re-signed on Monday.  He went for 5.2M yen (up 100,000 yen).

Rakuten Eagles

...Hisashi Iwakuma was police chief for a day in Sendai on Tuesday.  He also dropped by Sendai Itsutsubashi Elementary School to meet with about 600 kids.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions re-signed Hiroshi Hirao to a contract worth 34M yen (down 6.5M yen).

...Including Hirao, the Lions re-signed 19 players on Tuesday:

Yuta Nakazaki, Ryohei Fujiwara, Satoshi Yamazaki, Atsushi Okamoto, Shota Takekuma, Da-Wei Zhu, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Kazuki Miyata, and Kojiro Uehara

Tatsuya Takeno, Taichi Yoshimi, and Shota Nakata

Hideto Asamura, Yuya Tazawa (converted from pitcher), and Naomichi Umeda

Ryo Sakata, Hiroyuki Oshima, and Shogo Saito

Softbank Hawks

...Nagisa Arakaki will likely undergo surgery on his right shoulder.  The original plan was for him to try and rehab the shoulder without surgery, but with the shoulder showing no signs of improvement, Arakaki may decide on having the surgery.

If Arakaki decides to have the surgery, he could go under the knife sometime over the next couple of weeks.

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka will begin a running program on the 4th.  He had his knees checked out on 11/27 and was given the go sign to ramp up his training.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows re-signed the following two players:

Hiromitsu Takagi - 17M yen (up 9M yen)

Kyohei Muranaka - 18M yen (down 4M yen)

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars re-signed the following two players:

Shun Yamaguchi - 30M yen (up 20M yen)

Keijiro Matsumoto - 12M yen (down 3M yen)

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants re-signed the following three players on Tuesday:

Tetsuya Matsumoto - 30M yen (up 24M yen) and a new uniform number (64 > 31)

Shigeyuki Furuki - 35M yen (up 9M yen)

Norihito Kaneto - 22M yen (down 2M yen)

...Masafumi Togani returned from the Dominican Republic on Monday (he was taking part in the Winter Leagues) and was already seen training at the Giants' Kawasaki training facilities on Tuesday.


...The January 2010 issue of Pro Yakyu ai (プロ野球ai) will feature the 2009 Grand Prix, as selected by readers of the magazine.  The issue will be available at major newsstands and book stores on 12/2 for 790yen.

While not specifically released for women, it does appear to have a slant toward that market segment.

2 comments on “Around the NPB Horn: Matsunaka to begin running program on the 4th

  1. Deanna

    Have you ever read Pro Yakyu Ai? It is DEFINITELY geared towards women. I’ve been reading it for a few years — love the magazine actually, if nothing else it generally makes me laugh, but at the same time they have nice posters and photos and “inside” stories with players, often with two players at a time in a maru-batsu game, about the random kind of trivia I think is interesting to know.

    But it’s pretty funny if you read issues of it from about 15 years ago and see how drastically the style has changed since then. (Or, it is just amusing to see casual photos of a young Shingo Takatsu and Atsuya Furuta together, if nothing else.)

    Anyway, they do a Grand Prix ranking EVERY issue, you know. The big deal last year was that Hayato Sakamoto totally rocked the Nishioka-Aoki-Munerin triumvirate out of their ikemen rankings.

    1. Gen Post author

      I’ve actually never read it. And for some reason, I don’t know that I’ve actually ever seen an issue. I suppose that isn’t too surprising since I don’t spend too much time hanging around those magazine racks (at convenient stores or at the book stores). I tend to go in, buy what I want, and walk out.

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