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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: December 29, 2010

by on Dec.30, 2010 @ 12:31 am, under NPB

The Hawks closed out their business operations for the year on Wednesday.

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Nobuhiko Matsunaka's thoughts on his 200M yen pay cut:

All I can say is that I'm extremely disappointed in myself.  But I'm a professional, results are everything.  If I don't [put up results], I'm going to see a drop [in salary].  I can't get it all back, but I can get some of it back next season.  I need to turn that into my motivation. ... I need to win a starting job during camp / the exhibition game season.  The team added players to improve itself.  And I can play so long as I win a starting job.  I'll start hitting in January.  I want to win a spot on the opening day line-up.

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Yoshiaki Fujioka is thinking about changing his delivery from the set position to the no windup position.

Said Fujioka, "I'm rushing myself when I pitch and I thought I'd try something a little slower."

Seems Fujioka got the idea after watching Shunsuke Watanabe (LOT) pitch.

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Munenori Kawasaki was apparently named an ambassador for his hometown (Aira, Kagoshima).  An official ceremony will take place on January 6th.