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CL News and Notes: December 12, 2011

by on Dec.13, 2011 @ 2:24 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi met with the Dragons for about 80 minutes today and put his decision on hold.  Said Yoshimi, "I am happy with their financial offer, but I still want them to tell me more.  [Takuya] Asao was the MVP, but I also had a good season.  It is just a small gap, but I put my decision on hold because we could not close it.

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Asao donated 711,400 yen to reconstruction/relief efforts in northern Japan via Chunichi Shimbun.  The total includes the 10,000 yen he pledged for each hold he recorded this season, plus revenue from merchandise sales.

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Morimichi Takagi said during a talk session on Sunday that he asked the newer coaches on his staff to think about what they wanted their players to do and that it should be more than just about a feeling.

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Kosuke Fukudome told fans during a talk session with Takeshi Yamasaki on Sunday that he expected the 43-year-old Yamasaki to hit 25 homers and drive in 80 runs.

Yamasaki replied, "I see.  That means I will have to become an every day play.  Takagi kantoku did say that he wanted me to compete for a job. ... The other day I met [Masahiro] Yamamoto-san and we made a bet to see which one of us would drop first next season.  Yamamoto-san can quit next year, but I want to play another two or three years.  I will take the starting job away from [Tony] Blanco!"

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida is hoping he will be able to use the Tokyo Gas training facilities during the winter.

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Minoru Iwata told fans during a talk session on Sunday that one of his goals was to pitch into his 40s.

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara told reporters on Sunday that he is hoping to meet with team captain Shinnosuke Abe and team player's group chairman Tetsuya Utsumi some time before the staff meetings on 1/19/2012.  Hara wants to make sure everyone is on the same page.

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The Giants plan to add three more advance scouts to their staff.  That will give them a total nine, including strategy coach Hideki Hashigami.

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Hirokazu Sawamura and his fiance, Maki Mori, were guests on Nippon TV's Going! on Sunday night.  This was also Mori's last official appearance on the show.

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The Giants announced that recently retired pitcher Shota Kimura (25) joined the Giants Academy staff as an assistant coach.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are plan to invite Tsutomu Wakamatsu to spring camp as a special batting instructor (for two weeks beginning on 2/5).  The team is hoping he can help some of the younger left-handed bats out.

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The Swallows announced on Monday that team advisor and former rep director/owner, Naomi Matsuzono, passed away on Friday (12/9) due heart failure.  He was 89.

Hiroshima Carp

Yoshihiro Maru's intro music when the season first began was a Beethoven's Symphony No 7 and then Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 during the second half of the season (both pieces made somewhat popular by manga/TV drama Nodame Cantabile).  He is now thinking of something a little more uptempo for next season, like Tchaikovsky.

Yokohama Bay Stars

A Kiyoshi Nakahata 1989 Yomiuri uniform was auctioned off on Sunday for 450,000 yen.  A total 1,376,002 yen.