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2010 Draft News and Notes: November 7, 2010

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 11:12 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Yudai Ono (1st round) was at last night's Nippon Series game.  It was his first ever visit to Nagoya Dome.  Seems he was given an invite from a local TV station.

Hanshin Tigers

...met with Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) on Saturday.  Said Hifumi, "I'd like to hit a homer at Koshien in a game I'm pitching in, just one more time.  I felt really great when I hit a homer at Koshien.  That was my dream, but I'd also like to hit another after I turn pro."  Even though Hifumi was drafted as an infielder, it seems he'll be used as a pitcher.

Hiroshima Carp

As mentioned yesterday, the Carp met with Yuya Fukui (1st round) yesterday.  Seems they are preparing the number 11 for him and could offer him the highest possible contract for a drafted player.

Nippon Ham Fighters

As mentioned yesterday, the Fighters met with Yuki Saito (1st round) yesterday.  The Fighters are preparing the number 18 for Saito and are hoping he competes with other number 18 pitchers the same age as him, like Masahiro Tanaka and Kenta Maeda.  Saito on the number 18: "[When I think of the number 18,] I think of Daisuke Matsuzaka.  It's the number that the team ace usually wears.  I can feel some pressure, but I want to work hard so that I don't get beat by that pressure."

Incidentally, it seems the Fighters are thinking about having a press conference just for Saito because there's a chance he might not be under contract for a Fan Festival appearance.  If they do set up a press conference just for Saito, chances are they'll open it up to the public, and that could set the club back about 10M yen (location fee, security, and various other things).  And there's also a good chance Saito could become the first player since Tsuyoshi Shinjo to have his very own press conference at Sapporo Dome.

Seibu Lions

As mentioned yesterday, the Lions met with Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) yesterday.  Hisanobu Watanabe traveled all the way from Miyazaki fall camp just to meet Oishi.  Said Watanabe, "[My first impression was] this is a good looking guy.  He's got a good face and he's got a solid body.  He's a good man.  I think he'll become a good player for us."


There were apparently 10 TV cameras and 80 media personnel covering the team meetings with Waseda's Big Three.