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Around the NPB Horn: Yoshinobu Takahashi continues his comeback

by on Dec.19, 2009 @ 8:18 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Akahoshi Ramen is getting taken off the menu at Koshien Stadium.  In it's place will likely be something that's tied into Kenji Johjima.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...More on Atsunori Inaba...  He will be hitting the batting cages starting on New Year's Day and plans on hitting at least 108 balls.  Inaba is planning on continuing his tradition by opening the New Year with BP at a batting center he's been going to for the last 4 years.

Softbank Hawks

...Hidenori Tanoue will not swing a bat for the rest of the year.  He also vows not to do any drinking after New Years.

Tanoue plans on starting up his training up again when he returns to Osaka on the 21st.  His primary focus will be to work on conditioning and strengthening for the rest of the year.  Tanoue is also apparently about 6 kg over his ideal weight so he plans on cutting back on the alcohol starting on New Years.

...Munenori Kawasaki asked the Hawks for more toilets in the first base side locker rooms at Yahoo Dome, but was quickly turned down.

...The Hawks are working on a plan to add a new weight training facility to Gannosu Stadium (Ni-gun stadium) because the current one is getting a little crowded.  The team is in the process of discussing their idea to city of Fukuoka (they own the land).

...Yuya Hasegawa dropped by Iizuka Hospital on Friday to thank a fan group that popped-up there this past Fall.  Hasegawa will also be returning to his hometown Tsuruoka City in Yamagata on the 27th to thank supporters there as well.

Yakult Swallows

...Hideo Higashikokubaru is the prefectural governor of Miyazaki.  Norichika Aoki hails from Miyazaki.  And now Aoki has decided to help the governor of Miyazaki out with public relations for the prefecture.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshinobu Takahashi worked out for about 3 hours on Saturday morning.

Other

...The NPB announced that it will continue it's On the other side of dreams (夢の向こうに) program in 2011.  The program sends NPB players to various schools to talk to high school players about training methods and life in the pros.