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PL News and Notes: December 19, 2011

by on Dec.20, 2011 @ 12:50 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

About 150 fans greeted the Softbank Hawks on their return from Hawaii on Sunday.

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Nobuhiko Matsunaka plans on doing a lot of running during the winter -- he even had someone create a personalized running program for him to work on.  Matsunaka will also be working out Guam in January.

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Seiichi Uchikawa is apparently thinking about hiring a personal trainer.

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Ishii plans on inviting Yusei Kikuchi and Fumikazu Kimura to his workouts in Hawaii in January.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Atsunori Inaba thinks Yuya Taniguchi has the potential to be next big prospect in the Fighters' system because he has good power to the opposite field (he is left-handed and he hit all six homers at Ni-gun this season out to left field).

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Shota Ono participated in a fan event in Sapporo on Sunday and said his goal was to play well enough with the Fighters in order to earn a spot on the national team.

Orix Buffaloes

Shinya Nakayama will be heading overseas to Guam in January in order to participate in a training session held by strength and conditioning coach Ken Nakata.

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The Buffaloes will be changing the color of the fences at Kyocero Dome when the surfaces of the fences are redone in January.  Possibilities include a dark blue and green.

FYI: Kyocera Dome is owned by Osaka City Dome.  Orix Real Estate controls 90% of the stock in in Osaka City Dome.

Rakuten Eagles

Team owner Toru Shimada visited prefectural governor Yoshihiro Murai at the Miyagi prefectural offices on Monday in order to donate about 40M yen to the Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Miyagi Children's Fund.  The team will also be donating an additional 40M yen to children's funds in Iwate and Fukushima before the end of the year.

The Eagles raised a total 80M yen this season.  This total also includes their 1M yen pledge for every victory they recorded this season (66 victories = 66M yen; provided by Senichi Hoshino, the Eagles' player's group, Hiroshi Mikitani, and the team).

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The Eagles will try to schedule some Ni-gun games and baseball clinics in Ishinomaki, Minamisanriku, Rikuzentakata next year.