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PL News and Notes: December 29, 2011

by on Dec.30, 2011 @ 1:37 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Thursday (12/29) was the last day of official business in 2011 for the Hawks' front office.

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The Hawks have yet to sit down and talk salary with players like Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Hitoshi Tamura, Takahiro Mahara, and Tadashi Settsu.

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The Softbank Hawks could leave Matsunaka (38) and Tamura (34) off their protected players list because they do not want to give up any of their young talent.

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Yuichi Honda appeared on an NHK Fukuoka tv program with sumo wrestler Kotoshogiku on Wednesday.

Kotoshogiku also told reporters that he was thinking about teaming up with other athletes his own age, like Honda and Nobuhiro Matsuda, to help raise money for northern Japan.

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters that the starting rotation for next season was not set and that there were a lot of possible candidates for the opening day start.

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Since the Lions are only set to play 17 exhibition games next year, they plan on adding a few extra practice games to their schedule.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Thursday (12/29) was the last day of official business in 2011 for the Marines' front office.  The team is hoping for at least a 10% increase in attendance next year.

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The media learned on Wednesday that 29-year-old Tadahiro Ogino filed marriage papers with a 27-year-old woman named Miyuki on 4/26.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters plan on continuing to do what they can in order to help with reconstruction efforts in northern Japan next season (like charities and meetings with fans/children that survived the earthquake/tsunami).

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The media learned on Wednesday that an autobiography on Sho Nakata, published by Tokuma Shoten, will be released in late January next year.

Orix Buffaloes

Thursday (12/29) was the last day of official business in 2011 for the Buffaloes' front office.

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The media learned on Wednesday that Dae-Ho Lee is thinking about attending early mini-camp in Miyakojima in January.  And Cha-Seung Baek has decided not to drink any alcohol until he makes it in Japan.

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27-year-old Yoshihisa Hirano plans to file marriage papers with a 27-year-old woman named Ai Sato (? 佐藤亜衣) before the end of the year.  The two will also hold a wedding ceremony some time in January.

Rakuten Eagles

Thursday (12/29) was the last day of official business in 2011 for the Eagles' front office.

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Senichi Hoshino feels it might do his players some good to workout with other athletes (non-baseball related athletes) during the winter.

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The Eagles plan to offer Isao Fukuda (58) a job in the front office (possibly as an operations director).  Yasuyuki Kato (45) will also be offered a front office position.