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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 22, 2010

by on Dec.22, 2010 @ 1:09 pm, under NPB

While Atsushi Nomi would love to finalize his contract situation for the 2011 season as soon as possible, he also doesn't want the club penalizing him so much for an injury he suffered while "on the job."  But the club doesn't agree with the assessment and only offered Nomi a 50M yen raise during their first meeting.

"It's possible that this doesn't get resolved before the end of the year," said Nomi.  "The gap between us isn't that large...  I just want them to take the second half of the season into account..."

In the end, it seems Nomi, more than anything, just wants the Tigers to place a higher value on the numbers he put up in the second half of the season when the team really needed it.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto started his training in Honolulu, Hawaii on the 20th (21st Japan time).  Kanemoto's first day of workouts lasted about 3 and a half hours and consisted of running and strength training exercises.

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Keisuke Kano is apparently battling a bout of conjunctivitis.

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Takashi Toritani worked out at Koshien on Tuesday for the last time this year.  Before leaving, he wished reporters a Happy New Year and said that he'll start his workouts next year in Okinawa on 1/5.

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Minoru Iwata worked out (mostly running) at Naruohama on Tuesday and told reporters that he'll probably continue working out on his own in the new year.  Iwata has been checking into Naruohama once or twice a week.

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Shunsuke Fujikawa is looking forward to his training with Team Jojima next year.  Seems he's especially interested in learning what kind of workouts athletes from other sports do.

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At a recording for a New Year's TV program (Kansai TV, Ameagari Club)  on Tuesday, Tomoyuki Kubota said he planned on working on his hitting during the off-season because it was really the only time he could.  Regarding his contract for the 2011 season, Kubota said that his agent was handling everything and that they spoke regularly.

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Norihiro Akahoshi attended a press conference on Tuesday that unveiled a new kind of bamboo wheelchair that doesn't set off metal detectors at airports.  The wheelchairs cost about 600,000yen a pop and a number of airports, including Haneda and Oita, will begin carrying three of them (as rentals), beginning in January.