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CL News and Notes: December 29, 2011

by on Dec.30, 2011 @ 1:40 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Daisuke Tanaka was the only player that worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.

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The Dragons will most likely end the season a few hundred million yen in the red for the second straight year.

Hanshin Tigers

Shinjiro Hiyama could end up being something of a go-between for Yutaka Wada and the other players -- they both know each other fairly well and Wada might find it easier to speak his mind to Hiyama.

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Via Sponichi, Craig Brazell catches a shark while fishing during a trip to the Virgin Islands.

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The Tigers are already looking into Orix's Takahiro Mahara (30) and the Fighters' Hisashi Takeda (33) as possible replacements for Kyuji Fujikawa in 2013.  Both players are set to earn their domestic FA options in 2012.

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara would like Yoshiyuki Kamei to approach next season with the notion of competing with other players for a starting job (at first, third, and the outfield).  Hara also added if there were something Kamei needed to work on, it was his offense.

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Wednesday that the Swallows are moving their offices to a location in Kita Aoyama, about 6-7 minutes away from Jingu Stadium.  The move will be made over a two-day period in March (3/17 and 3/18).  The new offices will be about twice as big as their current offices and will also include a room that players can visit freely (it will also be the room where salary/contract negotiations take place).

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Kurihara will begin working out in Okinawa on 1/9/2012.

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Masato Akamatsu told reporters on Wednesday that he would love to get some tips on base-stealing from Yuichi Honda (SOF).

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The Carp plan on having their advance scouts check on Yomiuri pitchers Toshiya Sugiuchi and D.J. Houlton during exhibition games -- they want to see how they adjust to pitching in a new league and with a new catcher.

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4th round draft pick Shohei Habu attended a party hosted by his former little league team, the Onomichi Little Senior Baseball Association, on Wednesday.  About 190 people attended the party.