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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: November 9, 2010

by on Nov.09, 2010 @ 10:24 am, under NPB

Akinobu Mayumi is planning on teaching younger players the importance of becoming a specialist as a means to win a starting job.

"If a player can succeed in certain situations, more often than the starters, then the team will begin to rely on that players in those situations," said Mayumi.  "Things like bunting and stealing bases can help increase playing opportunities and I think they can also lead to a starting position. ... In order to succeed in tough situations, it'll be important to practice a lot."

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Shunsuke Fujikawa is in the process of improving his running style.  To that end, Fujikawa has been spending time studying footage of players running (his own and others) with the training coach for hints on what he can do to increase his speed.

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After watching the Nippon Series, it seems Kenichi Tagami wants to become like Yoshifumi Okada (LOT).

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The Hanshin Tigers met with Shinobu Fukuhara for a second round of contract talks on Monday.  While the club asked Fukuhara to stay, he held off on making a decision during the meeting.

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For the time being, it seems the Hanshin Tigers are set with foreign players.  It doesn't seem like they'll go after any free agents either, although that could change based on who becomes available.  Seems they're trying to keep their regular roster at around 68 (out of a max of 70).

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Club president Nobuo Minami has basically left Shoji Numasawa (Tigers' GM) in charge of negotiating extensions with players that have FA options.  But it seems Minami may step in whenever players express a possible desire to exercise their options.