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Around the NPB Horn: Swine flu hitting the Eagles’ system now

by on Dec.19, 2009 @ 1:25 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons are still moving forward with the swapping of positions between Hirokazu Ibata and Masahiro Araki next season.

...Hirokazu Ibata apparently asked the club for 300M yen next season during his contract negotiation meeting on Friday.

During the meeting, the Dragons apparently said that they wanted Ibata to become the new face of the club, now that Motonobu Tanishige is no longer active.  In turn, Ibata suggested that that should be worth about 300M yen in salary.

Hanshin Tigers

...Keiichi Hirano was a guest on MBS radio's Nomura-de! Nomura-da! on Friday and mentioned that his goal for steals next season was set at 45.

...The Tigers will be holding a Shinenkai (sort of a New Year party) some time in January next year for management and coaching personnel to talk about the upcoming season.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Atsunori Inaba is looking forward to the time he'll be able to face Yusei Kikuchi.

Inaba also plans on hitting the batting cages as soon as he returns from his victory trip in preparation for the upcoming season.

...The Yu Darvish Book Collection opened at Habikino Chuo Library on Friday.  Yu Darvish memorabilia will also be on display at LIC Habikino Plaza between 12/18 and 12/25.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada is thinking about using Jon Leicester as a setup man next season.

Rakuten Eagles

...Seems the swine flu is now sweeping through the Eagles' system.  A total of 7 players, beginning with Kensuke Uchimura, appear to have caught the flu.  Even Kohei Hasebe, currently in Guam, seems to have caught the flu.

Seibu Lions

...Hideaki Wakui plans on using Takeya Nakamura as an example for why he (and even Yasuyuki Kataoka) deserve larger raises.  Wakui led the league in wins and won the Sawamura Award this past season.

Yakult Swallows

...Aaron Guiel apparently wants the Swallows to be his last teamAs reported earlier, Guiel signed a 2-year deal with the Swallows.  He is set to earn 90M yen (about $1M) next season and could earn as much as 270M yen (about $3M) over the course of the entire deal depending on his performances.

...Despite having a slow start this past season, Norichika Aoki will still likely see his salary for next season get into the 300M yen range.

...Swallows' mascot, Tsubakuro, said he that he's going to run wild during Dragon Gate's (a wrestling group) Korakuen Hall Tournament on January 20th.  If Tsubakuro really does make it into wrestling, he would be come the second baseball avian mascot to do so (the Eagles' Mr. Carrasco is the first).

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Yuta Naito filed marriage papers with a Saori Ishikawa on Friday (12/18).