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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 8, 2010

by on Dec.08, 2010 @ 4:16 pm, under NPB

Wei-Chu Lin feels that since the Tigers have young players that can run and field, he needs to set himself apart from the others by working on his hitting.


Takashi Toritani's take on the Tigers 9-13-2 (2-10-0 at Nagoya Dome) record this past season:

We couldn't win at Nagoya Dome this year, but I don't really think it's because we have difficulties winning there.  If you think too much about it, I think that can end up becoming a problem.  So I don't think it's good to think about that much. ... And even if we can't win in Nagoya, it's just a matter of winning every game at Koshien.  And even if we were to lose a lot to Chunichi, it's just a matter of winning game against the other 4 teams.


Takahiro Arai will be in the final year of a 4-year deal next season.  He's also set to earn his international FA option next season.  And it seems the Tigers have already begun talking to Arai about an extension past the 2011 season.  Arai said he wasn't thinking about any past the 2011 season and that he was going to treat the 2011 season just as he would any other season (in other words, he isn't going to try and go above and beyond just because he's in the final year of a 4-year deal).


Yuya Ando told reporters on Tuesday that he just wants to maintain his current weight of about 90kg.  Ando lost about 8kg for the 2010 season and apparently feels that losing weight did nothing to really help (or hurt) him.


Naoto Tsuru was a Civil Rights Officer (一日人権擁護委員) for a day on Tuesday as part of Civil Rights Week in Amagasaki.


Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi visited Asahigaoka Elementary School on Monday as part The Twenty First Century Club's Dream 21 Dream Extracurricular Lesson.

Shimoyanagi first held a Q&A for the kids in the gym before moving outdoors to play catch for about 10 minutes.  He closed out his visit with a short lesson on effort.  In all, he spent about 2 hours with the kids.

Below are some of the questions the kids asked Shimoyanagi:

Why did you start playing baseball?

It started with Kyojin-no Hoshi and Samurai Giants.  In middle school I saw Koshien Stadium and said that was where I wanted to play baseball.

Why do you grow facial hair?

When I played for Daiei 15-16 years ago, I would practice every day and return to my room and just go to sleep.  So I grew facial hair out of laziness.  When I grew out the facial hair and then shaved it off it irritated my skin and then I just decided to grow it out.

Why the number 42?

When I played for Daiei and Nippon Ham, I wore the number 24.  Shinjiro Hiyama was wearing the number 24 [when I came to Hanshin] so I decided to wear the number in reverse.