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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: January 7, 2011

by on Jan.07, 2011 @ 9:37 pm, under NPB

Munenori Kawasaki started working out (catch at about 80 meters, BP; 3 hour practice in all) in his hometown Aira, Kagoshima today.  He also brought Yodai Enoshita (HAM, 4th round) along with him to his training.

The city of Aira is also planning on dispatching Kawasaki supporters to Hawks' games this season.  The first date has already been set: 30 supporters from Aira will head to Yahoo Dome on the 3/15 (exhibition game vs Yakult Swallows).

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Toru Hosokawa would like to catch every pitcher the Hawks have under contract (probably 41 if you include Ikusei pitchers) during spring camp.

Said Hosokawa, "I want to catch every pitcher during spring camp.  That's my job.  The B group too?  They'll be holding camp in the same location.  I'd like to [catch them as well].  Just catching them will make a difference."

He added, "[Koji] Akiyama asked me to help the younger players out.  Like [Shingo] Tatsumi and [Sho] Iwasaki.  I want to do what I can to help them."

Hosokawa would also like to try and play in all 18 of the team's exhibition games because he wants to log as much time as he can with the pitching staff.

It seems Hosokawa will also dish out as much info about the Seibu pitching staff to the Hawks as he can.

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Takahiro Mahara has apparently offered his help and support to Seiichi Uchikawa.  The two players go back to their time on the 2009 WBC roster.  There's also another minor connection: Mahara's wife, Yuriko, was an announcer / reporter for TNC TV, which happens to be in the Fuji TV affiliate network, which is where Uchikawa's wife, Tsubasa, worked.  And speaking of TNC TV, they have apparently offered Uchikawa's wife a job.

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The Hawks announced a change in ticket prices for the 2011 season.  For night games on weekdays, a portion of reserved seats (about 4,300 of them) will be sold as INF non-reserved tickets.  The price for these seats will be 2,800 yen for adults and 1,400 yen for children.  During weekends, holidays, and other special games, the seats will go for 4,300 yen (I'm eyeballing the charts, it looks like the seats in the A reserved section).