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Around the NPB Horn: Takeshi Yamasaki becomes third 40+ y.o. player to get multi-year deal

by on Dec.25, 2009 @ 12:37 pm, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenta Kurihara will be heading to Arizona on January 3rd to train at Athlete's Performance.  Kurihara has been going to Athlete's Performance to train since the 2005 off-season.

...Hirotaka Egusa is hoping to appear in at least 50 games again next season.  He finished off the 2009 season with his third consecutive season of 50+ appearances.

Hanshin Tigers

...Tsubasa Aizawa is hoping to make it onto the Ichi-gun roster next year.  To that end, he plans on using watching Hanshin Tiger Kenji Johjima closely for any clues that might help him grow as a player.

...Takashi Toritani wants to install a collection box at Koshien Stadium in support of ECOCAP.

ECOCAP is an organization in Japan that donates one polio shot for every 400 bottle caps it receives.

...Yasutomo Kubo is leaving contract negotiations up to his agent.

...Solar panels were recently installed at Koshien Stadium at the cost of 150M yen.  The solar panels will decrease electricity at the stadium bills by about 193,000 yen a year.

Koshien Stadium is the first pro baseball stadium in Japan to have solar  panels.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters are thinking about inviting Consadole Sapporo Forward Masashi Nakayama to give a lecture to their younger players.  The club feels the 43-year-old forward can provide some insight into things like how to handle the media and what it means to be a professional athlete.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes are looking to continue, and hopefully finalize, contract negotiations with Tuffy Rhodes and So Taguchi in the near year.

Rakuten Eagles

...Takeshi Yamasaki became just the third player in NPB history to sign a multi-year deal after turning 40.   The other two were Hiromitsu Ochiai and Masahiro Yamamoto.

Seibu Lions

...Yasuyuki Kataoka wasn't happy that the Lions didn't increase their original amount of 5M yen.  Kataoka doesn't understand why the Lions don't take stolen bases more seriously.

...The Lions also didn't revise their offer to Toru Hosokawa either.  Hosokawa was really hoping to get his contract sorted before the end of the year.

Softbank Hawks

...Nagisa Arakaki is getting married to Toshiya Sugiuchi's wife's younger sister, Yui Ueba.  The two will submit their marriage papers on December, 30th, Ueba's birthday; and will hold a closed ceremony for family members some time in January.  It seems Arakaki also bought Ueba a 5M yen engagement ring.

Sugiuchi was apparently surprised, but happy, to hear of their engagement.

Yakult Swallows

...Norichika Aoki was a guest on Nippon Broadcasting's 35th Annual Radio Charity Musicthon on Thursday.  Aoki recently donated 161 items (one for every hit he recorded this past season) to All Japan Grand Soft Ball and said that he would like to get to 200 hits next season so that he'll be able donate 200 items next year.

Aoki also plans on training at  Konoha Dome in Miyazaki beginning on January 6th.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshinobu Takahashi is planning on heading out to Okinawa on January 10th for training.  Takahashi is also hoping to get some outdoor BP under his belt so that he'll be fully prepared for Spring camp in February.

Since the end of the season, Takahashi has taken one day of rest for every three days of training.  His sessions usually start at 7:30am and run for about 5 hours.

...Tetsuya Matsumoto picked up a bat and took some BP for the first-time this off-season on Thursday.  Matsumoto is set to sign a contract with Mizuno and will also be a manager for the day at a Mizuno store in Tokyo on Friday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa is currently dating Fuji TV announcer, Tsubasa Nagano.

Uchikawa can also earn as much as 30M yen in incentives next season.


...All 58 umpires (30 CL umps and 28 PL umps) are now official re-signed for the 2010 season.  Two additional umps were hired by the CL for next year.

2 comments on “Around the NPB Horn: Takeshi Yamasaki becomes third 40+ y.o. player to get multi-year deal

    1. Gen Post author

      I don’t think it includes Ni-gun umps, because they are being specified as Central and Pacific League umps (although I suppose I wouldn’t be surprised if they did work Ni-gun games as well). I’m also guessing they work on rotation.

      If you take a look at the CL umpire registry [http://sukeda.com/umpirex/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=10], you’ll find that prior to the 2009 season, 6 had yet to appear in a game and 3 others were nowhere near close to 100 games.

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