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Hanshin Tigers news and notes from 10/26/2010

by on Oct.26, 2010 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers are apparently thinking of using Takahiro Arai at both third and first.  It seems the basic plan is for Arai to start games at third and then move over to first as a defensive replacement for Craig Brazell in the later innings.  That would then give players like Katsuhiko Saka, Yamato, and Hiroki Uemoto a shot at playing some third.


Atsushi Nomi's focus for the off-season will be to strengthen his trunk muscles.


Takumi Akiyama started working out with the new regulation NPB baseball on Monday and said that he plans become good friends with the new ball by being with one 24 hours a day.


Matt Murton will likely see a 20M - 30M yen raise for the 2011 season.


Kenji Jojima's old mentor / manager Itokazu Shunichiro (糸永俊一郎?) would like to see Jojima reach the following three objectives: 1) bat .300, hit 30 homers, and collect 120 RBIs, 2) review pitch patterns for the Central League, and 3) support / grow the next young Akiyama.


The Hanshin Tigers might take a look at Seiichi Uchikawa if he hits the FA market.  Or at least, that's what owner Shinya Sakai thinks.

"Just speaking in general terms, I think it might be something we should look into.  And think about how he might be able to help the team" said Sakai.

Sakai then added, "The guy that actually runs the team is the president, I'm just the owner.  I can't just tell the team to go out and get someone."


The Tigers held an Ichi-gun coaches meeting on Monday to discuss which players will be attending fall camp and to discuss the practice for fall camp.  Seems the Tigers are thinking of a camp that focuses on quantity and not quality (in terms of practice).

One comment on “Hanshin Tigers news and notes from 10/26/2010

  1. Trand25

    > Matt Murton will likely see a 2,000 – 3,000 yen raise for the 2011 season.

    It is 2,000 – 3,000 man yens (20,000,000 – 30,000,000 yens), not 2,000 – 3,000 yens…

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