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CL News and Notes: December 30, 2011

by on Dec.31, 2011 @ 4:51 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Doala is coming out with a new book that will hit store shelves in February 2012.  It will be his third book (first in three years).

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Hitoki Iwase, Hirokazu Ibata, and Takuya Asao made appearances at Tokoname Boat Track on Friday for a talk session.

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai worked out Athlete, a gym in Hiroshima, on Thursday and told reporters he was thinking about trying to hit the ball out in front more.  Arai has also ordered a new practice bat that has a center of gravity closer to the bat head.

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Takumi Akiyama worked out with GPBL pitcher Mika Konishi for about eight hours on Thursday.

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According to Sports Hochi, there is a chance the Tigers might use 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito as a lead-off batter, assuming Takashi Toritani ends up batting third.  That would leave the first two spots open to Kohei Shibata and Keiichi Hirano and maybe Ito.

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3rd round draft pick Naoto Nishida got an invite to workout with girl next door vocalist Chisa.

Chisa apparently hits the gyms three times a week in order to keep herself in shape for the 50 or so concerts girl next door plays a year.

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara is apparently interested in how the Chunichi Dragons and Hanshin Tigers approach their seasons next year -- the Dragons are going with veteran coaches while the Tigers are trying to get younger.

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Hirokazu Sawamura feels his job is to shut-up, practice, and put up results.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will begin selling Pair Seat tickets next season because the Box Seat tickets (for groups of 2, 4, and 5) they introduced this past season did so well.

Hiroshima Carp

Takahiro Aoki plans to workout at the Chubu University facilities in Gifu in January.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters on Thursday that he has not yet decided on his closer for the 2012 season.

He will also be stepping down from his various other posts, like chairman of the Pro Yakyu 28, in order to focus all his efforts on being a manager.

5 comments on “CL News and Notes: December 30, 2011

  1. Steve

    Reads like the Baystars hired the right man to manage this coming season,keep your eyes on the Baystars, My Team………..

    1. EJH

      You DeNA Mobage fans sure do talk boldly during the off-season. I have noticed, though, that most shut up by about May 1 every year.

  2. Steve

    2012 will be a good year for Yokohama DeNA Baystars, they wont end up in 1st place but they wont be in last either……Become a fan EJH and i will buy you a Baystars wristband to show your friends…..

    1. EJH

      Steve:

      I guess you were not aware that I am a recovering BayStars fan. I gave up on them for good when they signed Kudo.

      I attended the 1998 Japan Series and the championship parade back when supporting Yokohama was not something to be ashamed of. That 1998 team remains my all time favorite baseball team. If management cared even a small fraction as much as I used to, I would still be a fan.

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