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CL News and Notes: November 29, 2011

by on Nov.30, 2011 @ 1:52 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi drove out to Menard Aoyama Resort in Iga, Mie from Nagoya on Monday in order to meet and hang out with ten of his players (including Motonobu Tanishige, Takuya Asao, Kazuki Yoshimi, and Kazuhiro Wada).  It was a surprise visit.

Said Takagi, "No talking [about next season].  I am just here to eat dinner with them and talk a little before returning home.  This is the last chance I have to see them before the end of the year."

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada told reporters on Tuesday that he plans to name Takashi Toritani the fielder's captain and Kyuji Fujikawa the pitcher's captain.

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Tomoaki Kanemoto had his right shoulder examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Monday.  MRIs revealed the same injury he was diagnosed with a year ago: a ruptured supraspinatus muscle (one of four rotator cuff muscles). Doctors also found some minor growth near the ruptured muscles and found that his infraspinatus muscle increased in size, from 12.4mm to 16.8mm.

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GM Shoji Numasawa told reporters on Monday that they still needed to work out a deal with Toritani (even though he announced on Monday that he was going to remain with the team).  And it seems Numasawa has not given up on signing Toritani to a multi-year deal.

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Keiichi Hirano (2010-2011) joined Koichi Tabuchi (1973-1974) and Masayuki Kakefu (1978-1979 and 1981-1982) as being the only players in franchise history to win Golden Gloves and Best Nine awards two years in a row.

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Battery coach Yasuo Yoshida won the Hanshin Tigers Owner's Cup that took place at Tigers Golf Course and ended on Monday.

Yomiuri Giants

Sanspo wonders, if Yuki Saito's season warranted a 15M yen raise (from 15M yen to 30M yen), can Hirokazu Sawamura expect a raise of about 30M yen (from 15M yen to about 45M yen)?

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows closed out their fall practices at their Ni-gun training facilities at Toda, Saitama on Tuesday.

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Shinya Miyamoto became the oldest player in the CL to win a Best Nine at the age of 40 years and 11 months (bested Tomoaki Kanemoto's record of 40 years and 7 months).  He also tied Katsuki Tokura (1955) as the older player to win the first Best Nine.

Said Miyamoto, "I wanted to win the award at least once, but when I moved over to third I did not think it would happen because there are a lot of players that can hit [at this position].  I am happy."

Hiroshima Carp

Takaya Kawauchi has not pitched at Ichi-gun since 2007 (coming back from left shoulder surgery in 2008) .  He did, however, pitch in 8 games at Ni-gun and was also able to pitch during the Phoenix League this year.

The Carp renewed Kawauchi's Ikusei contract on Tuesday with hope that he'll be able to return to the 70-man roster next season.

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The Carp re-signed Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara to an Ikusei deal on Tuesday.

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The Carp announced on Tuesday the following two uniform number changes: Hirofumi Ueno, from 19 to 12; and Hisashi Takeuchi, from 12 to 54.