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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: December 18, 2010

by on Dec.18, 2010 @ 5:45 pm, under NPB

Akinori Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui practiced together again on Friday.  After fielding practice, the two spent about an hour going over batting theories will taking soft toss BP.  Seems Iwamura's mentor, Futoshi Nakanishi, made an impression on Matsui with his hitting theories when he dropped by their practice session on the 14th to see how the two were progressing.  And so Iwamura spent time refreshing Matsui's memories.

Because the two players are fairly busy this winter, it seems Friday's practice seesion may have been their last together.

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The media learned that Masahiro Tanaka will most likely be signing on with HoriPro for management services during the winter.  The two sides are still working on finalizing a deal and a formal announcement could be made in January.  Direct Athlete will continue to handle the financial-side of things for Tanaka.