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PL News and Notes: December 17, 2011

by on Dec.18, 2011 @ 2:04 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo made an appearance a party hosted by K Project on Saturday.  Kokubo also donated 2M yen of his Nippon Series MVP award winnings to relief efforts in northern Japan.

Seibu Lions

Dressed in a Santa suit, Shogo Akiyama visited the Seibu Department Store in Tokorozawa on Saturday.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse and Shota Ishimine participated in a baseball clinic for elementary kids in Chiba on Saturday.  The clinic began at around 9am and last about three hours.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced on Saturday that Atsunori Inaba will be donating 2,937,795 yen to relief efforts in northern Japan via the Japanese Red Cross Society.  The money was raised through Inaba's charity wrist band program.

On Saturday, Inaba took part in a baseball clinic, as part of Ai Project, for about 40 elementary school kids in Shibetsu, Hokkaido.

Orix Buffaloes

The Orix Buffaloes currently plan on giving Dae-Ho Lee the number 25.  Lee was hoping to receive either the number 10 or 52, but both numbers are currently in use -- Keji Obiki and Aarom Baldiris, respectively.  The number 25 is also in in use, by 3rd round draft pick Tatsuya Sato, but the team feels they can persuade him to take another number.

The number 52 has a special meaning for Lee -- in Korean, the pronunciations of the numbers sounds similar to his grandmother's name.  His grandmother helped raise Lee and passed away in 1999.


Akinobu Okada was a guest on ABC Radio's Sports ni Pitatto on Friday and said he was thinking about naming Hikrau Ito the everyday catcher.  Said Okada, "I plan to make Ito the main catcher.  He has potential.  I think he will become a great catcher."  He also said that how far the team goes next season will tie in to how well the catcher does.


Chihiro Kaneko apparently wants a 30M yen raise instead of the 15M yen raise he put on hold on Friday.  The Buffaloes gave Kaneko what they thought was a fair raise and felt they could not give him anything higher because of the two months he was not on the active roster this past season.  The two sides are scheduled to meet again on 12/21.

Rakuten Eagles

Akinori Iwamura started workouts in the early morning at Kleenex Stadium on Friday -- did some running, played some catch, and lifted some weights.


The Eagles plan on holding a lecture on driving safety during spring camp next year.

Masahiro Tanaka did not show up at Kleenex Stadium for training on Friday.

4 comments on “PL News and Notes: December 17, 2011

    1. Gen Post author

      Based on the reports I have read, it sounds like he is working on trimming down a bit. That’s a positive sign since he looked a bit heavy on his legs this past season. Whether or not that will translate into him playing better next year, I have no idea, but it can’t hurt.

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