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CL News and Notes: December 3, 2011

by on Dec.04, 2011 @ 1:17 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi was selected as the new team player's group chairmanTakuya Asao, Takehiro Donoue, and Masato Kobayashi were selected as vice chairmen.

As one of his first jobs, and in an attempt to increase attendance, it seems Yoshimi will see if he can lower ticket prices by speaking to both team and Nagoya Dome officials.

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Team official Takashi Ide told reporters on Friday that they already gave Wei-Ying Chen an offer but had not yet had a chance to speak to him about it.

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Unlike Hiromitsu Ochiai, new manager Morimichi Takagi wants to do more for the fans -- his slogan for the team is Join us ファンと共に (or join us, together with the fans) and he also wants to spend time signing autographs (he is even quoted as saying, "If the players do not have the time, then I will do it by myself").

Hanshin Tigers

At fan appreciation on Saturday: The Tigers' slogan for 2012 will be Go for the top 熱くなれ! ... The Tigers played a futsal penalty kick game against INAC Kobe -- Tomoyuki Kubota allowed just two goals to seven INAC players that included Homare Sawa and Nahomi Kawasumi. ... Daiki Enokida and Kohei Shibata were selected as the final Mayumi Kantoku Fresh Taisho M-1 Award winners. ... All dressed up: Akira Iwamoto was dressed as Matsuko Deluxe; Masahiro Nakatani in something reminiscent of AKB48; Enokida in a women's santa suit; and Tetsuya Sakaguchi in a reindeer costume.

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Minoru Iwata donated 900,000yen (10,000 yen for every victory) to Nihon IDDM Network's type 1 diabetes research fund on Saturday.  Iwata also invited 30 people suffering from type 1 diabetes to home games at Koshien this year.

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According to Daily Sports, INF/base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji told Takahiro Arai on Friday that he needed to show everyone during spring camp next year that he was going to ok at third base because that was the position he was going to play (no move to first since the team currently does not plan on moving Craig Brazell to the outfield).

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Akihito Fujii does not plan on letting Kenji Jojima take the starting catcher's job without a fight.  To help improve himself over the winter, Fujii will ask the team's advance scouts to provide him with their opinions of his performance.

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Daiki Enokida told reporters on Friday that for the time being, he did not care as much about competing on the international stage (like the WBC) as he did about playing well for the Hanshin.

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Kyuji Fujikawa was awarded the Miki House Sanspo MVP on Friday at a ceremony that took place at the Osaka Sanspo offices.  About 100 employees attended the event.

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A Yutaka Wada supporters group could be launched some time this month.

Yomiuri Giants

At 50, the Giants had the fewest number of players on the holdover list that was posted by the NPB on Friday.  Since they also maxed out their rosters at 70 this year and had problems with Brian Bannister, it also means 21 players are no longer with the Giants.

Only two teams over the last ten years had holdover lists with fewer than 50 players: Orix in 2011 with 45 and Nippon Ham with 48 in 2006.  The last time the Giants were close to 50: 2005 when they have 52.

Yakult Swallows

Katsuki Akagawa "accidentally" picked up a forkball-type pitch while working on his curve and change during fall camp -- he was messing around with his arm slot and tried throwing the ball from the top.  He also mentioned that he planned on working out with Tsuyoshi Wada in January.

On a side note: chief / pitching coach Daisuke Araki has asked Akagawa to shed some weight: from 93kg to 89kg.

Hiroshima Carp

Sports Hochi Osaka is reporting that the Carp are thinking about giving Kenta Maeda a 20m yen raise (from 120M yen to 140M yen).  Maeda is scheduled to meet with front office on 12/19.

Maeda acted as a shop manager for the day at Mizuno Osaka on Saturday.  Over 100 people waited in line for the store to open.

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Takeru Imamura and Yuki Saito made appearances at Virtual Sports Center Dagekioh on Saturday.

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Carp relievers will be donating 760,000 yen toward relief efforts in northern Japan via the Japanese Red Cross Society.  At the start of the season, the relievers decided to pitch in and donate 1,000 yen for every out they recorded.