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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: November 28, 2010

by on Nov.28, 2010 @ 11:37 am, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto ran outdoors at Naruohama for the third straight day on Saturday.  He was also seen wearing a kaatsu (occlusion) training belt on his right arm (up close to the shoulder) while running back and forth between the foul poles.

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Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, and a number of other pro baseball players from Nagasaki,  held a baseball clinic for 158 kids on SaturdayKenji Jojima was also scheduled to appear but did not attend (he's putting all his focus on his comeback from knee surgery) and sent along a message (a recorded message apparently) to the kids apologizing for his absence.

Shimoyanagi also spoke to the media and said that his goal for 2011 was to break Masahiro Yamamoto's record for oldest pitcher to record double-digit wins (11 victories in 2008 at the age of 43).

Said Shimoyanagi, "I'd like to play as long as I can, but I don't want to think to much about that [right now].  I need to think about next season.  Especially because of my disappointing season this year.  If I can win, I'd like to win as much as possible.  Double-digit wins is every pitcher's goal.  I want to win regardless of my age."

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Kozo Kawato was named the Tigers' Old Timers' chairperson on Saturday.  He takes over for Koichi Tabuchi, who recently returned to "active duty" by taking on the Rakuten Eagles' head / batting coach job.  Seems Kawamoto was selected the same day of the announcement at the Tigers' Old Timers' meeting.

Akinobu Okada apparently told the Old Timers' committee that he was going to the meeting on Friday.  Except he never showed up on Saturday.  According  to the Tigers, they received a call from Okada before the meeting saying that even though the papers mentioned him going, he never actually said he would.