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Around the NPB Horn: Kenji Johjima to be featured in two magazines for fishing enthusiasts

by on Dec.22, 2009 @ 9:21 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Kenji Johjima is on the cover of the February issue of Gekkan Tsurifan.  The issue goes to newsstands on the 25th.  Incidentally, the actual interview took place back on 11/25.

Johjima will also be featured in Iso-zuri Magazine vol. 42 that goes on sale on January 25th.

(Both are magazines for fishing enthusiasts.)

...The baseball tower at Koshien Stadium will be making a comeback.  The baseball tower was originally constructed back in 1934 but was destroyed during WWII bombing.  The rebuilt tower will likely be ready sometime in March at half the original height (about 15m instead of the original 30m).

Hiroshima Carp

...Kan Ohtake is hoping to talk to Ken Takahashi about his experiences in the Majors.

...Yoshinori Ogata was presented with an award by Hiroshima City on Tuesday for his performance over the years.  Ogata retired after the current season and is returning to the team as a coach next year.

Rakuten Eagles

...Masahiro Tanaka and Kohei Hasebe returned from Guam earlier today.

Softbank Hawks

...Hiroki Kokubo will be taking a personal chef with him when he goes to Arizona for training in January.  Kokubo asked a chef at an upscale Japanese food restaurant to accompany him to Arizona.

By having a personal chef with him, Kokubo won't have to waste time going out to get food and will be able to eat healthier meals geared towards his needs.  This will be the 8th off-season Kokubo has spent in Arizona for training.

...Arihito Muramatsu is working on strengthening his lower body during the off-season.  He'll also be accompanying Kokubo to Arizona in January.

...Kazumi Saito is currently rehabbing his right shoulder (he's still recovering from rotator cuff surgery he had back in January 2008).  And while his shoulder was feeling good enough for some catch on Monday, he's still taking things day-to-day.  As such, Saito has been feeling down about his progress.  But he's managed to take a more positive approach to things after watching Yu Darvish's performance during Game 2 of the Nippon Series.

...Yuya Hasegawa is thinking about trying his hand at bonsai.  He already has some experience with plants as he has been growing some vegetables and herbs.


...While not really NPB related...  Daisuke Yamashita will be returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers as a Camelback Ranch infield coach.