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PL News and Notes: December 12, 2011

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

Softbank Hawks

The Softbank Hawks (coaches, staff, players, all told about 200 people) left for Hawaii out of Fukuoka Airport on Monday.  They are scheduled to return to Japan on the 18th.

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Makita was a guest at Waseda Yobiko (prep school) on Monday and spoke to around 60 kids about his experiences as both a player and student.


Makita, Tatsuya Takeno, Masato Kumashiro, and Naomichi Umeda participated in a baseball clinic in Saitama on Sunday.


Takumi Kuriyama and his wife held a wedding ceremony on Sunday.  Hisanobu Watanabe broke the news about Kuriyama becoming the new team captain during his wedding speech.

Chiba Lotte Marines

 About 300 fans attended a talk/autograph session on Sunday that featured Shota Ishimine and Yoshifumi Okada.  During the talk session, Ishimine spoke about how he liked to bat lead-off and Okada said he felt the team would be do well if he and Ishimine competed for the stolen base title.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Sunday that he wants his players to know how to hit weak dribblers because those dribblers can also help get the runner home from third with one or no outs.

Kuriyama is also thinking about moving Yoshio Itoi over to right, because of his strong arm, and Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh) to center.

Orix Buffaloes

Shunta is thinking about selecting an AKB48 song for his intro next season.  His song this season, selected by the team, was Funky Monky Babys' Atohitotsu.

He also plans to work out in Los Angeles with Takahiro Okada and Hikaru Ito in January.  One of the things he will be working on is raising his weight to 80kg -- he was at 75kg at the end of the season and managed to put on about 2kg by eating six meals a day.

One comment on “PL News and Notes: December 12, 2011

  1. EJH

    I like Kuriyama so far and I can see his point here, but after watching Ham throughout this past season it became quite clear, particularly in the second half, that one of the teams greatest strengths is hitting “weak dribblers” (usually with two outs and multiple runners on). I suggest they should spend most of their time next spring working on other skills.

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