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PL News and Notes: December 6, 2011

by on Dec.07, 2011 @ 2:26 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks' player's group Nokai (final meeting of the year) took place in Kumamoto on Tuesday.  Yuichi Honda was named the team's new player's group chairmanNobuhiro Matsuda and Kenji Otonari were selected as vice chairmen.

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Hiroki Kokubo taught a class about dreams and setting goals at Munataka Shogo Togo Elementary School on Tuesday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Monday that his team to use their legs more next year -- force mistakes on the opposition then capitalize on them.

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Yuki Saito told reporters on Monday that he wanted Yu Darvish to remain with the team because there were still so many things he wanted to learn from him.

And with question marks surrounding Darvish, Kuriyama told reporters he was no longer certain who was going to make the opening day start.  Possibilities include Masaru Takeda, Bobby Keppel, Brian Wolfe.  Saito is also a possibility.  He is also someone that Kuriyama feels has the ability to become the next staff ace (if/when Darvish leaves).

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The Fighter player's group golf competition on Monday was canceled due to bad weather.

Orix Buffaloes

Keiji Obiki announced on Tuesday that he donated 1.42M yen (10,000 yen per hit at 142 hits) to a children's cancer support group in Osaka.

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka visited his alma mater Koyanosato Elementary School in Hyogo on Tuesday and met with around 600 students.  Tanaka also attended a supporter's party later in the day and gave away free Rakuten caps to members of the Koyanosato Tigers (a team he used to belong to when he was a child).  About 120 people attended the party.

Keiji