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Yuki Saito News and Notes: December 7, 2010

by on Dec.07, 2010 @ 5:26 pm, under NPB

Kamagaya mayor Kiyoshi Shimizu was excited to hear the news of Yuki Saito signing a basic agreement yesterday.

"We'll give him a warm welcome," said Shimizu.  "And I'll be there to personally accept his moving-in notice.  I'm grateful that the city will become popular [because of Saito]".

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Merchandise featuring club president Junichi Fujii pumping his fist will go on sale before the end of the month.  Four types of items, including t-shirts, hand towels, and mobile phone straps, will apparently be released.

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Masataka Nashida and club president Fujii will be on hand at Saito's introduction ceremony at Sapporo Dome on the 9th.  The Fighters have also hired Hiroki Sekino to host the event.

The ceremony will also be broadcast nationally on Nippon TV's Joho Live Miyaneya.  The 5 Sapporo networks are also thinking about broadcasting the ceremony.

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Saito could make Japan's Under-26 Team.  The NPB plans on putting together a team of players under 26 that they hope will hopefully go on to play in the 2013 WBC.

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Saito is ready to pitch in whatever situation role he's given: starting, relieving, closing.