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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 19, 2010

by on Dec.19, 2010 @ 5:51 pm, under NPB

Matt Murton has picked up a new black glove to go along with his cork-colored glove (Amer Sports, Wilson Division -- seems they also made gloves for Greg Maddux and Barry Bonds at the same Akune factory).  He may also change his bat color from black to gray (Old Hickory via i Sports).  The size, shape, and weight of each will most likely remain the same.

Murton has also been working out near his Florida home, primarily with weights -- about 5 hours a day at 5 days a week.  He may also workout with fellow Georgia Tech alums Mark Teixeira (NYY) and Matt Wieters (BAL) later this winter.

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Wei-Chu Lin's new bat, based on an Seiichi Uchikawa model bat that has a slightly thinner handle, arrived in Naruohama on Saturday.  Lin will now use the winter to get used to the new bat

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The Hanshin Tigers are thinking of making their exhibition game against the Rakuten Eagles on 3/9 at Koshien Stadium Keiichi Yabu's retirement game.

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Yasutomo Kubo will be undertaking a new kind training program that will apparently make him use parts of his body he isn't used to using, like using his non-dominant hand to throw the ball, to improve his motor reflexes/skills.  Shinjiro Hiyama is apparently helping Kubo with the training.

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Daiki Kiyohara will be meeting with Kei Igawa for some dinner during the off-season.  Depending on their schedules, they might be able to work out together again for the first time since 2009.

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With the addition of Daiki Enokida (1st round), the Tigers now have three Fukuoka University grads on the team Hirokazu Shiranita and Yuhei Kai are the other two.

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Kyuji Fujikawa's advice to the younger catchers on the team: take pitchers out to dinner and gain their trust.  Fujikawa also apparently believes that Keisuke Kano is better suited as a catcher.

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Shunsuke Fujikawa was a guest on Mainichi Broadcasting Systems radio program MBS Toragumi Tigers Live on Saturday.  He told listeners he didn't have any plans of taking breaks during the off-season (he wants to break the starting line-up) and he also hasn't thought about playing in the Majors (he's a lifetime Tiger).