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PL News and Notes: December 4, 2011

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

Softbank Hawks

Seiichi Uchikawa told reporters/fans during an event on Saturday he planned to take Kenta Imamiya under his wing during the off-season because there were things he wanted to teach him.

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Hiroki Kokubo and Takahiro Mahara were in Iizuka, Fukuoka on Saturday in order to attended a baseball clinic and later meet with fans.

And with the help of his fan site, K'Project, Kokubo will also be holding a charity event for northern Japan in Fukuoka on 12/17 -- he plans on donating both a portion of his Nippon Series MVP money (via Ashinaga Ikueikai) and a number of personal items for a charity auction.

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi ran the 2km at the Tokorozawa City Marathon on Sunday.

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Atsushi Okamoto was a police chief for the day at Tokorozawa police station on Saturday.  In speaking to reporters, he said that he wanted to pitch in over 60 games next season to help lighten the bullpen load after Ming-Chieh Hsu's departure via free agency.  Okamoto also plans on working out with Kazuyuki Hoashi in January.

Nippon Ham Fighters

At fan appreciation day on Sunday: About 40,000 fans attended the event. ... Shinya Tsuruoka will be taking over as new chairman next year after fans "helped" approved of the decision with a round of applause.  Tsuruoka will be replacing Kensuke Tanaka. ... Hideki Kuriyama also made an appearance at the end.

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The Fighters announced on Sunday that they hired Yoichi Fukuzawa as a Ni-gun battery coach.

Orix Buffaloes

In addition to Mitsutaka Goto and Keiji Obiki, Buffalo Bull and Buffalo Bell also made appearances at OGM Golf Plaza Kobe on Sunday.  The two mascots also showed up dress in Santa suits.

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Chihiro Kaneko told fans during a fan event on Saturday that he wanted to play in an international tournament (WBC) at least once in his career.  He also said that depending on how things go next season, he might be able to start thinking about a career in the Majors.

Rakuten Eagles

Free agent and former Eagle Takeshi Yamasaki held a baseball clinic in Ishinomaki, Miyagi for about 300 kids on Sunday.  He also brought along with him, a number of younger Rakuten players, like Ryo Hijirisawa, Kensuke Uchimura, and Takahiro Shioma.