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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: December 20, 2010

by on Dec.20, 2010 @ 5:06 pm, under NPB

Takeshi Yamasaki agreed to a 2011 salary of 250M yen (no change) today.  Yamasaki will be in the second year of a 2-year deal next season.

Said Yamasaki, "I had a really bad start .  I was one of the reasons why we finished in last. ... If I can't put up numbers next season, I'll retire.  Opening day takes place in Sendai so it'll be important to take precautions against the cold weather."


Akinori Iwamura apparently wants to use karaoke to get closer to his new teammates.  Seems he also used song to help bridge the gap during his first year in the Majors.


Ryo Hijirisawa, Iwamura, and Chihiro Kaneko (ORI) appeared at an event in Nagano on Sunday.

Iwamura spoke of how he'd like to see Hijirisawa mix things up on the base paths and steal 60 bases next season.  And Hijirisawa said that the Eagles did so poorly against Kaneko last season that they didn't want to even look at his face anymore.  Kaneko added that he actually hated the Eagles.