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Seiichi Uchikawa announces he’ll be joining the Softbank Hawks

by on Dec.01, 2010 @ 7:21 pm, under NPB

12/6/2010 10:00pm JST

The Hawks held a press conference today to announce the addition of Uchikawa.

12/2/2010 11:15am JST

It seems there's a chance Uchikawa's wife will quite her job with Fuji TV in order to live with Uchikawa in Fukuoka.  Uchikawa's comment on the situation:

"We both have job with responsibilities and there's not much I can say other than that at this point.  I'm sure my wife will tell me what she's doing when she decides.  We've sort of decided what we want to do between the two of us."

12/1/2010 10:13pm JST

Sanspo is carrying comments from Uchikawa on his decision:

What made you pick the Hawks?

I'm from Kyushu.  And during the off-season last year my father told me that he wanted to watch me play in person.  I thought it would be nice to give him that opportunity.

Thoughts on your 11th season in the pros...

My career as a baseball player is half over.  I want to see what it's like to win a championship.

Your impressions of the team...

They're always in the hunt for a championship.  And I look forward to playing in the big spacious stadium.

On Sadaharu Oh attending your negotiations...

I part of me was drawn [to the Hawks] when he said I didn't have to change a thing.  Especially coming from a person of his stature.

On expectations of you winning a batting title in the PL...

Winning a championship is of utmost importance, but if I'm going to win a title, that's one that would make me happy.

Thoughts on the position you'll play...

I've been told I'll play the outfield.  I think they expect a lot of offense out of me, so I'd like to go above and beyond in that area.

Did TBS' talk of selling the team play any role?

I was hard for me when I couldn't talk to the team earlier on.  It was a tough year for me because that was the way things ended in a year in which we tried to change the team.

Uchikawa also got the ok from his wife, who also happens to be a Hiroshima Carp fan.  She apparently told Uchikawa that it wasn't her wish to see him play for the Carp.

7:21pm JST

Seiichi Uchikawa held a press conference in Yokohama to announce that he will be joining the Softbank Hawks.

Said Uchikawa, "It took me until yesterday.  I had a hard time deciding, but I ultimately wanted to try and win a championship in Kyushu. ... I'm not really in this for the money, but my contract is a 4-year deal that starts at 560M yen and can go up to 1.36B yen.  That's a good source of motivation."

Uchikawa informed both the Yokohama Bay Stars (in person) and the Hiroshima Carp earlier today of his decision.

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