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Around the NPB Horn: Tigers won’t use the number 53 next season

by on Dec.11, 2009 @ 1:27 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Katsuya Nomura's former personal press manager with the Eagles Satoshi Shimamura will be joining the Tigers' front office.  Shimamura worked in the PR department for the Tigers back in 1992.

...The Tigers will temporarily restrict the use of Norihiro Akahoshi's number 53 for at least one season.

...As of this posting, there have been 2,415 comments posted to Akahoshi's retirement blog entry.

The Tigers are also thinking about setting up a corner for Akahoshi in the new Koshien Museum that's set to open in March 2010.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...While there were reports that the Fighters were considering signing Kensuke Tanaka to a multi-year deal, it seems Tanaka wanted to go year-to-year.

Rakuten Eagles

...Masahiro Tanaka will be making an appearance, as will Sadaharu Oh, in a TV special called 2010+ The Future Engines.  The show will be broadcast on BS Nippon TV on December 29th at 9pm.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars officially announced their signing of Takayuki Shinohara on Thursday.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshinobu Takahashi did not go on the victory trip to Australia.  He continues to work-out (running, playing catch at a distance of about 30m) in preparation for the 2010 season.  Takahashi will likely ramp up his training in the beginning of January.