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CL News and Notes: December 23, 2011

by on Dec.24, 2011 @ 1:20 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada met with the Chunichi Dragons on Thursday and agreed to a 330M yen (down 70M yen) salary for the 2012 season.  Wada later told reporters that he was actually prepared for a larger drop in salary.

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani does not mind where he bats in the line-up.  His 300M yen salary next year is also the second highest for a shortstop -- Kazuo Matsui set the bar at 350M yen in 2003 and Hirokazu Ibata originally set the CL record of 300M yen in 2010.

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Sanspo notes that Keiichi Hirano may have been hoping to see his contract hit the 200M yen during contract negotiations on Thursday.  Instead, he was apparently offered 180M yen (up 20M yen) plus 20M yen incentives.  Said Hirano, "The incentives make me feel like they do not trust me."  The two sides will probably not meet again until January.

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Yamato plans on bringing multiple gloves to spring camp next year (infield/outfield gloves and a first baseman's glove).  He also has plans to take a physical fitness test at Kanoya Taiiku University (the same one he took last winter) and work out with Issei Morita in Kagoshima in January.

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Atsushi Nomi told reporters on Thursday that he is not setting any deadlines for salary negotiations (might even enter spring camp without a contract) because he wants to be full satisfied when he signs on the dotted line.  He could, however, meet with the team at least two more times before the end of the season.

Yomiuri Giants

Atsushi Harasawa visited Giants Stadium in Kawasaki on Friday, introduced himself to the players, coaches, and staff, and told them that the team was still focusing on developing players internally.  He also told reporters he plans to submit the team's protected players list before the end of the year.

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The medial learned on Thursday that Tetsuya Yamaguchi (28) proposed to his girlfriend on 12/16 and might file marriage papers with her as early as January 2012.

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Former Kansas City Royal Jose Rosado taught Jumpei Ono how to throw a change during winter ball in Puerto Rico.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato participated in a baseball clinic for around 300 youth baseball players in Sendai on Friday.  The clinic lasted about two hours.

Hiroshima Carp

As a way to prepare for his role as reliever next season, Takeru Imamura plans to toss a bullpen session once a day during spring camp.

"I think I will toss more bullpen sessions [during spring camp].  I will throw fewer pitches, about 50 a day.  That will help my body get used to [the workload]," said Imamura.

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Chief position player coach Shinji Ko told reporters that he could see Tomohiro Abe competing with Eishin Soyogi for the starting shortstop job.  Other shortstop candidates include Shogo Kimura and 2nd round draft pick Ryosuke Kikuchi.

Soyogi is the top candidate, but he is also coming back from a left knee injury.

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23-year-old Kenta Maeda is planning to file marriage papers with 26-year-old reporters Saho Narushima on 1/1/2012.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata was in Fukushima on Thursday in order to participate in an event to promote/educate residents about the switch-over to digital terrestrial broadcasting (people living in Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi have until 3/31 to replace their TVs).