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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: January 31, 2011

by on Jan.31, 2011 @ 11:39 am, under NPB

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi signed for 90M yen (down 18M yen) plus incentives today.

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The Tigers held a general meeting today involving all players and personnel.

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Matt Murton worked out for about an hour at Ginoza Dome today.  Kyuji Fujikawa and Hiroyuki Kobayashi also worked out today -- about 3 hours of training that included running, playing catch, and lifting.

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The Ni-gun players arrived in Aki, Kochi earlier today.

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Murton spent time during the off-season comparing footage of himself during the 2010 season with that of other MLB players, like Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, and Albert Pujols.  And it seems he found a couple of things he'll be working on with the batting coaches during spring camp.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto worked out at Koshien on Sunday.  Depending on how he's feeling, the Tigers might give Kanemoto a shot to take fielding practice in the outfield during the first block of spring camp.  If they do, it'll probably start with shagging fly balls during BP.

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Takumi Akiyama threw about 30 pitches to a standing catch on Sunday.  He also told reporters he has prepared a lot of notebooks for all the notes / journal entries he'll be writing this year.

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Keiichi Hirano's training session with Michihiro Ogasawara (YOM) took place between 1/13 and 1/23 in Miyazaki.  Their sessions started at 9am, lasted 8+ hours, and included running, fielding practice, BP, and weight training.  Hirano also told reporters he was surprised to see Ogasawara doing everything himself, like cleaning up after practice, or moving the BP cages out onto the field.

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Batting coach Yutaka Wada told reporters on Sunday that he'll have batters take BP with a special ball that's smaller than the new NPB regulation baseball.  All this in the hopes that it'll improve the hitters ability to hit the ball using the sweet spot on the bat.

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Still no deal with Yasutomo Kubo.  Kubo's agent continues to handle the negotiations, which don't really seem to be heading anywhere at this point.  Kubo told reporters he didn't care how long negotiations took, so long as he was satisfied about why the Tigers arrived at a certain amount and what he needs to do in order to increase his salary moving forward.

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Shimoyanagi worked out at Ginoza yesterday and told reporters he reporters he knew nothing about his contact situation.

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Kobayashi arrived in Okinawa on Sunday and told reporters he had no worries heading into camp.

And speaking of Kobayashi, the Tigers continue to work on their protected listAkinobu Mayumi told reporters on Sunday that they plan on spending as much time working on the list and will probably wait to send it over to the Chiba Lotte Marines until the very last minute (they have less than 2 weeks now).  Mayumi wants a chance to watch his players at spring camp before making any final decisions.