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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 14, 2010

by on Dec.14, 2010 @ 3:29 pm, under NPB

Ken Nishmura played catch at Naruohama for the first time this winter (about 25 passes at a distance of 15 meters) on Monday.  Nishimura later told reporters he was able to get a good feel for the ball and that his training was moving along smoothly.  Nishimura is hoping he'll be able to play catch at a distance of 60 meters before the end of the year.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto worked out at Koshien Stadium for about an hour on Monday.  He then switched venues and spent an additional three hours working out at Naruohama.

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Kyuji Fujikawa is hoping to have a season next year that mimics what he did in 2006 and 2008 (namely in terms of ERA, that is, an ERA under 1.00).

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Tomoyuki Kubota wants to see his salary return to its 2009 level.  Kubota agreed to a 33M yen cut last year after he only pitched in 1 game during the 2009 season.  Kubota was dropped to Ni-gun at one point this season, but still managed to pitch in 71 games (a team high) and go 6-3.  Kubota is arguing that since he accepted his pay cut last season without much of any argument, he should be allowed to state his case for a pay increase after a year in which he pitched relatively well.  Kubota also pointed out that he thought the Tigers didn't give their pitchers (especially their relievers) enough credit.

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Yuya Ando is scheduled to meet with the club for a second round of salary negotiations before the end of the year and is hoping to receive an updated offer he can be satisfied with.

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Takuya Akiyama will be appearing in two New Year's TV specials that will be broadcast on two Ehime TV stations: Ehime Asahi Broadcasting and Ai Terebi.

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Ryo Asai told a radio audience (ABC Radio's Sports ni Pitatto) on Monday that he wants to work on decreasing his strikeouts and increasing his walk totals, especially now that he's in his 30's.

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Takahiro Arai worked out at Athlete on Monday for the first time during the current off-season.  As part of his weight training program, Arai worked on his adductor muscles (about 100kg) and also did 9 squats with 150kg and 3 squats with 160kg.

Sho Nataka (Nippon Ham) was also at Athlete on Monday.  Seems he was fairly impressed with how strong Arai's adductor muscles were -- Nakata apparently maxes out at about 50kg.

Arai told reporters that he felt Nakata had the potential to become a star.

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Pro-wrestler Tatsumi Fujinami apparently asked Kenji Jojima to help his daughter, Miyu (美有), with her training (Miyu is aspiring to become a pro golfer).  Jojima agreed to help, not this coming January (since he's focusing on his rehab), but the following January.