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CL News and Notes: December 13, 2011

by on Dec.14, 2011 @ 1:02 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Chubu Sports Press Club's (中部運動記者クラブ) subcommittee on pro yakyu held a general meeting on Tuesday and decided to give Takuya Asao their 2011 MVP award.

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The Dragons announced the following uniform number changes on Tuesday: Shohei Takashima from 35 to 68; and Shinsuke Saito from 203 to 48.

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Kazuki Yoshimi met with the Dragons on Monday and may have placed a 230M yen (up 110M yen) offer on hold.  He also told the team he wanted to team up with Nagoya Grampus (soccer) on some sort of fan event.

Yoshimi is expected to meet with the Dragons again before the end of the month.

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Yoshimi, Asao, and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami visited children at Nagoya Seibu Medical Center on Monday.

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Asao became just the third player in franchise history to break the 200M yen mark in salary when he signed for 260M yen on Monday.  The other two: Hitoki Iwase (200M yen) and Kosuke Fukudome (200M yen).

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii was a guest on ABC Radio's Sports ni Pitatto on Tuesday.

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Yasutomo Kubo and Takashi Shimizu visited Workshop Karin, a facility for people with disabilities, in Izumiotsu, Osaka on Tuesday.  Both players also visited the same facilities last year.

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Takahiro Arai and Tomoaki Kanemoto worked out at Athlete (Hiroshima gym) on Monday.

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Matsumoto is trying to gain about 5kg by eating five meals a day during the off-season.

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Takahiro Suzuki agreed to a 2012 salary of 40M yen (no change) on Monday.  He will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year.

Yakult Swallows

Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi told reporters on Monday that he was paying for his younger brother's (Masaya) college education (Toyo University).  Masubuchi also said he was hoping to see his brother make it to the pros in four years.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenjiro Nomura returned to the Japan from the US on 12/9 (or 12/11 depending on which source you read) and took part in a golf competition in Higashi Hiroshima on Monday.

During his stay in the US, Nomura also had a chance to dine with Dennis Sarfate and Kam Mickolio.

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According to Daily Sports, Nomura told reporters on Monday there was a good chance Nick Stavinoha will bat fifth, right behind Kenta Kurihara.  Other reports, like Sports Hochi, mention fifth or sixth.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo left for the US on Monday in order to begin a training program (about two weeks) at Athletes Performance Institute in Los Angeles.  One of the things he hopes to do is gain a bit more weight (he currently weighs around 95-96kg).

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Naoyuki Shimizu signed a two-year contract worth 250M yen a year after the 2009 season.  That contract ended after the season and Shimizu accepted a one-year deal worth 50M yen on Monday, a pay cut of 200M yen.