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Around the NPB Horn: Uchikawa to marry Nagano on 3/24

by on Jan.13, 2010 @ 8:57 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Akinobu Mayumi is in the second year of a 2-year contract.  At a Tigers gathering on Tuesday, he said that more than developing players, his focus in 2010 was to win.  And to that end, it seems the Tigers may take a strict approach this year and immediately demote any players they feel aren't cutting it during the season.

If Mayumi has a bad year, the Tigers may not re-sign him to an extension.

...Shinjiro Hiyama is currently working out in Guam.  He is currently working on bulking up during the off-season and has his sights set on setting a new club record by hitting his 14th career pinch hit home run in 2010.  But he doesn't want to stop there.  He also wants to break the Central League record for career pinch hit home runs as well (currently 20 HRs).

Ryo Asai is currently working out with Hiyama in Guam.

...Kodai Sakurai ended his training at Koshien on Tuesday in favor of training in Okinawa.

...Atsushi Noumi, Kazuya Tsutsui, and Keisuke Kano left for Okinawa on Tuesday.

Hiroshima Carp

...Toshiaki Aizawa is currently working on picking up a screwball.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Seems the Fighters currently have Sho Nakata penciled in for an Ichi-gun Spring camp start.

Rakuten Eagles

...Teppei will try to increase his stolen bases total in 2010.  He only managed to steal 13 in 2009 and would like to shoot for 30.  He also put Naoto Watanabe down for 50.

Softbank Hawks

...The slow-motion footage Takahiro Mahara and Tadashi Settsu studied Tuesday night were shot using a hi-speed camera that can capture video at 1/1000 of a second and cost upwards of 2M yen.

Yakult Swallows

...Masakazu Fukukawa, Yasushi Iihara, Hiromitsu Takagi, Toshihiro Nakao, Shingo Kawabata, Yuhei Nakamura, and Ryuji Miyade are all currently training with Shinya Miyamoto at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama.  They will be working out together until the 14th.

...Yoshinori Sato apparently bought a video camera that he likely intends to use when he meets Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The media learned on Tuesday that Seiichi Uchikawa will be marrying Fuji TV announcer Tsubasa Nagano on 3/24, exactly one year from the date they first met.

It seems their father's also played against each other in college (Nagano's father went to Waseda and Uchikawa's father went to Hosei).

...Tasuku Hashimoto worked out with Takeshi Hosoyamada on Tuesday.  The two will likely be competing for the starting catching job.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hayato Sakamoto and Shinnosuke Abe started up their training in Guam on Tuesday.  Their 3-hour workout including playing catch, fielding practice, and soft toss BP.

One of the things Sakamoto is currently working on is hitting the ball to the opposite field with more authority.

...Tatsunori Hara held a special lecture at International Budo University on Tuesday.  Speaking in front of about 300 students, he said that 2010 would be a return to basics for the team and that everyone would be required to prove that they belong on the roster.

...The Ladies' Seats at Tokyo Dome, mentioned in an earlier post, will likely only be offered on Wednesdays.  There may also be special giveaways involved as well.