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Around the NPB Horn: Kokubo thinking about renting out gym during Spring camp to work with trainer

by on Dec.24, 2009 @ 4:03 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Hitoki Iwase currently throws a fastball, slider, and shuto.  He's now thinking about adding a new pitch to his arsenal: something that drops outside of the zone, or something that drops down inside the zone.

..Team scout Takashi Ide doesn't want to see Junki Ito getting married any time soon because he apparently helps sell tickets.

As of 12/1, Ito has attended the most of events this off-season for the Dragons.

...The Chunichi Dragons will be holding anti-doping informational courses for their players during Spring camp next year.

Hiroshima Carp

...Carp owner, Hajime Matsuda, is hoping for at least 10 wins out of Keisuke Imai next season.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Shinji Takahashi worked out for an hour and a half on Wednesday.  There's a good chance he won't be re-signing with the Fighters until January since the two sides can seem to agree on a meeting date.

...Ryo Sakakibara filed marriage papers with a Eri Nagata on Thursday.  The two had been dating for about 7 years (ever since high school).

Orix Buffaloes

...The 1.1M yen (100,000 for every win he recorded in 2009) Chihiro Kaneko donated to Nagano City will go towards a lawn for Asahi Elementary School.

...There was some talk about Kazuki Kondo getting a lower uniform number during the off-season, but Kondo put that talk to rest when he told reporters that he plans on sticking with the number 65 next year.

Rakuten Eagles

...Hiroshi Katayama is currently working on his pitching form.  He had a chance to work on his delivery when he took part in the Arizona League.

Seibu Lions

...Hideaki Wakui personally donated 560,000 yen (10,000yen for every career victory) to Matsudo City on Wednesday.  The money will be used to help advance the growth of baseball in the area.

...Yasuyuki Kataoka met with the Lions for a second round of negotiations today and put the Lions' offer on hold again.  He likely won't be re-signing with the team until January.

Softbank Hawks

...Hiroki Kokubo is thinking about renting out a gym in case his personal trainer is shut out from Spring camp grounds.  By renting out a gym, he'll be able to work with his trainer after practice.

...Munenori Kawasaki donated 44 wheel chairs, 1 for every stolen base in 2009, to Kagoshima Prefecture on Thursday.  Kawasaki has been donating wheel chairs to Kagoshima since 2004.

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka's theme for next season will be family.  He would like to take his family to a championship trip next year as thanks for all the support they have provided to him.

Yakult Swallows

...Swallows Tohoku scout Yukio Yaegashi was in Sendai on Wednesday in order to attend a baseball clinic at Tohoku Fukushi University.

...Yoshinori Sato, at a baseball clinic on Wednesday, was asked if he had a girlfriend.  He replied that he didn't, but that there were a lot of girls he liked.  Later on, he was asked by a group of reporters if he wanted to be like Tiger Woods and have lots of lovers, to which he replied with a no.

He did, however, say that he wanted to drink some alcohol now that he's 20 (his birthday was on 12/5).

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Shun Yamaguchi is thinking about turning to chanko-nabe (a type of stew that sumo wrestlers eat) to help him as he works his way towards building up his stamina in preparation of his move to the rotation.  Yamaguchi is trying to increase his weight from 89kg to 93kg during the off-season.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hayato Sakamoto will likely change his batter walk-up to Wanpaku Yakyu-baka (わんぱく野球バカ) next season.  The song is sung by Yusuke Kamiji, famous for being Daisuke Matsuzaka's battery mate in high school.

Others

...Kazuhiro Kiyohara was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.  He was originally hospitalized on 11/25 with kidney problems that were causing him back pains.  Seems he's feeling much better now.