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CL News and Notes: November 30, 2011

by on Dec.01, 2011 @ 2:25 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi visited Toshio Mita (Chubu Denryoku chairman and Chunichi Dragons' supporters chairman) on Tuesday.  And in an effort to appeal to younger people, he also wants fans to call him by his first name.  As such, he has decided to sign all autographs with just his first name.

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Motonobu Tanishige's two-year deal ended this season.  He signed a one-year deal worth 180M yen (up 10M yen) on Wednesday.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers held their Nokai (final meeting of the year) on Wednesday.

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The Tigers established the Tadashi Wakabayashi Award this season as a way to highlight Hanshin players that have made various contributions to society.  On Wednesday, they decided to give the first award to Shinjiro Hiyama, for all the charitable work he has done over the years, including inviting single parents children to baseball games and visiting children that were affected by the Hashin earthquakes.

And speaking of Hiyama, GM Shoji Numasawa told reporters on Tuesday that he still has not had surgery for a fractured collarbone but will go under the knife soon.

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Kentaro Sekimoto will be paid an estimated 75M yen (no change from this season) next season in the second year of a three-year deal. ... Hiroyuki Kobayashi will be making 200M yen (+30M yen) in the final year of a two-year deal he signed (worth a total 500M yen) before the start of the season.

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The Tigers are still considering a trade that could send Keiji Uezono to the Rakuten Eagles.  While trading for another player has not been ruled out, the Tigers are expected to go for the money since doing so would also open up another spot on the 70-man roster.

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Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters on Tuesday that the front office and the coaches will be holding a meeting on 12/3 to exchange ideas and thoughts on how to improve the team (like going over players they may be targeting, i.e. Ryota Igarashi).

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Daiki Enokida was Koshien police chief for a day on Wednesday.

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Former Hanshin Tiger Norihiro Akahoshi donated 15 wheelchairs to various facilities and hospital in Fukushima on Wednesday.

Akahoshi's management company informed reporters that he has donated over 300 wheelchairs since 2003.  This year, he has been focusing most of his attention to facilities that were affected by the March 11 earthquake/tsunami.

Yomiuri Giants

Fall practices (that averaged about eight hours a day) ended on Wednesday.

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Ryota Wakiya dropped by Giants Stadium today in Kawasaki and told reporters that there was still no schedule on how long it will take him to return from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.  Wakiya had the surgery on the 24th and was released from the hospital on the 28th.  He will be required to wear a cast on his right elbow for around four weeks.

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Norihito Kaneto plans on working out with Hisanori Takahashi in Hawaii during the off-season.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows may end up using the money they made during the First Stage of the Climax Series (100M yen * 3 games at Jingu = 300M yen) to help pay for expanding the Ni-gun training facilities at Toda, Saitama.  The project is expected to take about two years to complete and will probably cost several hundred million yen.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Yokohama Bay Stars are looking into former Hiroshima Carp Giancarlo Alvarado.

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Sponichi reports that the Bay Stars are planning to move the introduction ceremony for the players they drafted this year into January because the new team uniforms will not be ready by the originally scheduled date of 12/5.  The team calendars will also be delayed for similar reasons -- the calendars will begin with the month of April.

Giancarlo