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Around the NPB Horn: Daisuke Miura, Bay Stars 2010 Opening Day Pitcher

by on Dec.13, 2009 @ 1:08 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Shoitsu Ohmatsu made an appearance at Your ELM Yochiyo on Saturday.  Since the event was limited to just 300 people, some began lining up in front of the store at 9pm on Friday.  All 300 tickets to the event were handed out shortly after the store open at 10am.

Hiroshima Carp

...After spending 8 years living in the team dorms, Kan Ohtake moved out into his own apartment this month.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yoshinori Tateyama gained about 2kg towards the end of the season and will be working on getting his weight back down to 74kg during the off-season.

Rakuten Eagles

...Katsuya Nomura was apparently disappointed that he wasn't one of the first people Norihiro Akahoshi reached out to.

Seibu Lions

...Naomichi Umeda and Yuta Nakazaki took part in a baseball clinic for kids on Saturday in Wako City.  About 110 kids showed up.  Umeda helped kids with their hitting and fielding while Nakazaki showed kids how to throw off-speed pitches.

Softbank Hawks

...It appears as though the previous reports of the Hawks playing an exhibition game against the Lotte Giants of the KBO were a bit premature as current reports now point to it as being something that's currently being discussed.

...Soichiro Tateoka is studying video of Yuichi Honda stealing bases with his iPhone.  Tateoka is working on improving his base running skills and hopes to steal at least 20 bases at Ni-gun next year.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Shun Yamaguchi, Kazuya Fujita, and Tatsuya Shimozono made special appearances at a Bay Stars shop near Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.  About 200 fans showed up to meet the trio.

...It appears that Daisuke Miura will indeed be the opening day pitcher next year.

Yomiuri Giants

...TetsuyaUtsumi handed out 11 of 115 school backpacks on Saturday as part of his strike outs for backpacks program he started up in January (for every strike out he records, he donates one backpack to a child).

Utsumi's donated 154 backpacks earlier this spring after he struck out 154 in 2008 and is donating 115 backpacks now.  He hopes to donate at least 200 next year.

...Kentaro Nishimura headed off to Arizona on Friday for training.  Nishimura is hoping to win a spot in the rotation next season and has said that he will not throw his shuto next year.

Nishimura will be working on two things in Arizona: working the outside corner to right-handed batters and learning a change-up.