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CL News and Notes: December 1, 2011

by on Dec.02, 2011 @ 1:00 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata plans on using a bat that weighs around 940 grams next season (up to now, the heaviest bat he used was 920 grams).  He also ordered a 1kg bat he will use during the off-season to prepare him for the heavier bat.

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada will be signed to an official contract on 12/3 -- it will be a three-year deal worth an estimated 80M yen a year.  The Tigers also plan to announce the signing during fan appreciation, set to take place on the same day.

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Wada told reporters on Wednesday that he had no plans to move Craig Brazell from first base for the time being.

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Fujikawa's agent hinted on Wednesday that they do not plan to talk about a new contract with the Tigers until the end of the 2012 season (so, no mid-season negotiations).

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Former Hanshin Tiger Norihiro Akahoshi has donated a total 41 wheelchairs to the Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate regions.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced today that they re-signed Ryota Wakiya to an Ikusei contract worth 26M yen.

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The Giants are looking to sign former Chunichi Dragon Ikusei Takaya Kobyashi (27) to an Ikusei contract.

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The media learned on Wednesday that the Giants are planning a number of uniform number changes:

Daisuke Fujimura: from 54 to 0
Tetsuya Matsumoto: from 32 to 31
Itaru Hashimoto: from 65 to 32
Kazunari Sanematsu: from 53 to 27
Masumi Hoshino: from 95 to 60
Tomoya Inzen: from 69 to 52
Tomoya Ichikawa: from 27 to 69

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa plans on scheduling more practice games (so far, there are eleven on the schedule, up from this year's seven) during spring camp in order to give him a better feel for the younger players, especially with regards to finding Norichika Aoki's replacement.  He also named players like Yuhei Takai, Tusyoshi Ueda, and Tetsuto Yamada.

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Yakult announced on Thursday that the 2nd Tanaka Hiroyasu Cup will be taking place in Chiba between 12/3 and 12/17.  A total 27 teams will be competing in the youth baseball tournament.