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Yuki Saito News and Notes: December 8, 2010

by on Dec.08, 2010 @ 9:22 pm, under NPB

Yuki Saito press conference will be taking place between 15:00 and 16:00 tomorrow.  For more information, please see the Nippon Ham Fighters' official site.

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Hokkaido Broadcasting Co (HBC) is planning on broadcasting a 305-minute long special on Saito tomorrow, beginning at 1:55pm.  HBC said that while there will be occasional breaks for news updates, the time between 1:55pm and 7:00pm will be solely devoted Saito.  Seems it'll be a first for terrestrial TV.

Among other things that will be broadcast in the Hokkaido area:

Newly hired pitching coach Hiroshi Shibakusa is schedule to appear live on Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting (UHB), and GAORA plans on broadcasting a LIVE interview with Saito after his press conference.

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Sho Nakata is apparently looking forward to stepping into the batter's box against Yuki Saito.  When the two faced each other in the summer of 2006, Nakata went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts.

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Merchandise featuring club president Junichi Fujii will be sold during tomorrow's press conference.  T-shirts will be available for 2,800 yen; towels for 1,200 yen; handkerchief towels for 600 yen; and mobile phone straps for 600 yen.