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CL News and Notes: December 4, 2011

by on Dec.05, 2011 @ 1:12 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi was awarded his second Gambare Dragons MIP award by Yanase on Sunday (2008 and 2011).  He was also given the keys to a Mercedes Benz E 250 BlueEFFICIENCY.

Hanshin Tigers

At fan appreciation on Saturday: 36,000 fans were in attendance.

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Yuya Ando threw about 30 pitches in the bullpen.

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Akihito Fujii and Ryo Asai participated in the 6th Athlete World Youth Baseball Clinic at Wakasa Stadium in Kyoto on Sunday.  About 500 children attended the clinic.  Fujii was a replacement for the injury Shinjiro Hiyama.

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The Tigers will continue to have a Fresh Taisho Award next year, but they will most likely change the name, like making it W-1 Grand Prix (as in Yutaka Wada) instead of M-1 Grand Prix (as in Akinobu Mayumi).

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Kohei Shibata is thinking about donating a portion of his M-1 Grand Prix Award money to relief efforts in northern Japan.

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Kenji Jojima told reporters on Saturday that he would be interested in facing Kimiyasu Kudo.

Said Jojima, "I wonder if there is a chance he will say, 'I am bringing myself in.'  He made a big impression on me.  A player and a manager are two separate things.  An he would also be on an opposing team."

He then added, "It will become difficult to speak to him after he becomes a manager so I will call him before he does."

The last time they faced each other was during an All-Star Game on 7/23/2005.

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The Tigers will be offering two spring camp tour packages.

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawara participated in the 2nd Olympic Baseball Players Clinic on Sunday.

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Hayato Sakamoto and Takahiko Nomaguchi made appearances at a baseball clinic sponsored by Red Bull on Sunday.  18 kids attended the clinic lasted about three hours.

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Former owner Takuo Takihana took part in a Yomiuri Giants' OB meeting on Saturday and once against apologized for the disturbances a "certain team official" caused over the last few weeks. ... Sadaharu Oh said, according to Sanspo, "It is too bad the team finished in 3rd.  This [distraction] would not have happened if the team won.  Our job is to make sure we win." He also said that he would like to see the Giants take on the Softbank Hawks next year. ... Tatsunori Hara promised the team was turning a new page for the 2012 season and apologized for not winning a championship.

Yakult Swallows

At fan appreciation day on Sunday: 27,865 attended the event. ... Norichika Aoki made a farewell speech and was later tossed into the air by his teammates.

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Hiroyasu Tanaka is thinking about taking some karate courses over the winter (he is already a black belt) as a way to strengthen and balance out his lower body.

Hiroshima Carp

35-year-old Ryuji Yokoyama worked out at Mazda Stadium on Sunday and is hoping to be fully prepared for spring camp next year.  Yokoyama had surgery to remove a ganglion cyst from his hip back in early March and never fully managed to pull things together during the season.  He will be in the final year of a three-year deal next season.

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Kenta Maeda told fans on Saturday that his goals for 2012 were to secure/win the opening day start and to win the Sawamura Award.