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Around the NPB Horn: Tsuyoshi Wada doesn’t plan on exercising FA option (assuming he earns it)

by on Jan.15, 2010 @ 9:24 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Tae-Gyun Kim told reporters that he had about 500 nicknames when he played in Korea and that one of them was "Winnie the Pooh."  Since arriving in Japan, Kim has managed to lose 4kg.

...Akira Ishikawa, vice club rep, will be heading out to the States on the 21st to continue negotiations with Eric Stults.  The Marines would like to use him in the starting rotation.

Chunichi Dragons

...Masahiko Morino worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  Morino begins his own personal training today.

Hanshin Tigers

...Matt Murton, Craig Brazell, Randy Messenger, and Casey Fossum will be arriving in Japan later this month.  All four of them will check into Okinawa by the 30th in preparation of Spring camp.

...Club president Nobuo Minami plans on making time to talk to individual players during Spring camp.  These won't be discussions involving money, but more about what they're thinking about in relation to the team.

...A replica of Akihiro Yano's head, made out of silicon, was recently completed.  It was created by an acquaintance of Yano's in 30 days for 300,000 yen.

Kinda creepy if you ask me (there's a picture of it at the link).

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenta Kurihara wants to emulate Ichiro and become more of a team leader this year.

Kurihara is currently working out in Arizona and has managed to get his weight to 97kg and his fat content to 8%.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Tomochika Tsuboi worked out for about 2 hours with K-1 fighter Nicholas Pettas on Thursday.

...Masaru Takeda and Tomoya Yagi worked out in front of the media on Thursday.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada plans on making time to check on Ni-gun players during the season.

Rakuten Eagles

...Marty Brown told reporters that he decided "no more boyaki (ボヤキ)".

He also told reporters that he wants to communicate with his players directly, and not through the papers, as Katsuya Nomura often did.

Softbank Hawks

...Tsuyoshi Wada told reporters that he has absolutely no reason to exercise the FA option, assuming he manages to earn it this year (which he can, but injuries could put that off).

Wada has tossed bullpen sessions three days in a row while training in Hawaii.

...Hiroki Kokubo was the guy that shouted out the final message during group huddles prior to games last season.  He won't be doing that again for every single game and plans on passing that duty to other players based on the situation.

Yakult Swallows

...Chunichi Dragon Masahiro Yamamoto is teaching Masanori Ishikawa his curve.

Yomiuri Giants

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi wants to complete at least 10 games this season.  To that end, Yamaguchi has been working hard to improving his stamina this off-season.  He's also working on a curve that he hopes will help him reach his goal.

But Giants' pitching coach, Masaki Saito, also doesn't want Yamaguchi to over-extend himself and will keeping a close eye on him.

And Shinnosuke Abe told reporters that he plans on doing whatever he can to help Yamaguchi out (he has already spoken to him).

...Tetsuya Utsumi is hoping to turn things around against the Chunichi Dragons this year.  He has not been able to beat them since September 2007.

...Tatsunori Hara rejected Shinnosuke Abe's suggestion of canceling morning walks in favor of allowing players to work out.

Incidentally, I also failed to mention that the Giants usually have three groups for the first-half of Spring camp: A, B, and C.  Group C is usually reserved for players that are injured.

...Taishi Ohta and Hisayoshi Chono will both likely be in Group A during the first-half of Spring camp.

...The Giants have invited Kazuhisa Kawaguchi to be a temporary pitching instructor at Spring camp for 2 years straight.  They have also asked Masaichi Kaneda to hold a lecture during the second block of Spring camp.

...The Giants' Ni-gun team slogan for 2010 is Profession Stance 姿勢.

...If a Giants' player ignores a fan this year (or does something considered vulgar in public), they might be required to return to the baseball diamond and run some laps, as punishment, before being allowed onto the team bus.  In extreme cases, the Giants may even consider demoting a player to Ni-gun.  This all goes back to team owner Takuo Takihana wanting to find a "star" player.

Others

...Hanshin Tigers Shintao Hiyama thinks Makoto Imaoka still has enough left in him to continue playing and hopes to see Imaoka starting again.