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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 30, 2010

by on Dec.30, 2010 @ 4:52 pm, under NPB

Kenji Jojima was presented with the Miki House / Sanspo MVP Award (plus 1M yen).  Yasutomo Kubo got the Miki House / Sanspo MVP Honorable Mention Award (plus 300,000 yen).

On Wednesday, Kubo worked out in a training facility in Hyogo.  On Tuesday, he worked out at Fujiwara-kyo in Kashihara, Nara.

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The Arai brothers worked out together (at Athlete in Hiroshima for over 2 hours lifting weights) for the second straight day on Wednesday.

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The Tigers finished signing 65 players to salary contracts.  Assuming Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Kenji Jojima, and Yasutomo Kubo sign for similar deals they received this past season, the Tigers payroll for 2011 is estimated to be around 3.74B yen, down about 100M yen from this past season.

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Team owner Shinya Sakai told reporters on Wednesday that he plans on hold a New Year's gathering with the staff next year (as usual).

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The Tigers are thinking about starting spring camp with either about 18 pitchers or as many as 25 pitchers.  They're also planning on moving pitchers in between the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps frequently so that they can get a look at as many arms as possible (promote the pitchers doing well, drop the pitchers that struggle, without prejudice).  They'll also try to play on the psychological aspect as well: if they go with a small group of pitchers, the Tigers hope that'll give pitchers that start spring camp at Ni-gun hope that they can make the Ichi-gun roster; if they go with a large group of pitchers, the Tigers hope that'll make the pitchers more competitive.