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Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: December 20, 2010

by on Dec.20, 2010 @ 3:51 pm, under NPB

Taketo Kawaguchi will be working out with Hideki Okjima this winter.  Seems Kawaguchi was introduced to Okjima by a relative.

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Jun Hirose will continue to use two types of bats next season: one made out of white ash (lighter and for the warmer summer months and when he's feeling tired) and maple (during the early parts of the season and when he's feeling energized).  He also has his sights set on playing in every game next season and racking up more than 170 hits.

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Eishin Soyogi has his sights set on 70 stolen bases next season.  It seems he ultimately would like to break Yoshihiko Takahashi's 1985 club high of 73 stolen bases.

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Shigenobu Shima has apparently managed to lose about 14kg since last winter.  In 2009, Shima pushed his weight over 100kg before realizing that while the extra baggage might help improve power, it could also lead to more injuries.

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A group of Kenta Maeda fans in Hiroshima threw a celebration on Sunday to commemorate the start of his Hiroshima Koenkai (kind of like a fan club) and to celebrate Maeda's stellar year.  About 110 people attended the event, include Maeda and his parents.

FYI: Maeda also has a Koenkai based out of Osaka.

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The number 7 and 9 will remain unused in 2011.  The last player to wear the number 7 was Kenjiro Nomura in 2005; the last player to wear 9 was Koichi Ogata in 2009.