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PL News and Notes: December 30, 2011

by on Dec.31, 2011 @ 4:49 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yuichi Honda, Masahiko Morifuku, and Shuhei Fukuda made appearances at a fan club event at Zeep Fukuoka on Thursday.

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Kenji Otonari told reporters he was planning to move away from using Kinki University as a place to workout in January because he feels he may not working hard enough.  Otonari will instead head to Yahoo Dome in January.

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Sadaharu Oh will be appearing in a university textbook, entitled Eco-Action and the Changing Global Economy, next year.  The textbook will most likely be used at around 100 universities across Japan, beginning in April 2012.

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on Thursday that he will probably designate one spot on the active roster to a player that can provide speed off the bench.  He also said that he might try drafting a track and field specialist next year to improve the team's speed.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines may be thinking about putting together an entertainment group called CLM 26 (Chiba Lotte Marines 26).  They would be similar to other groups like AKB48.

Nippon Ham Fighters

According to Daily Sports, the Fighters are thinking about giving 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano the number 11 (Yu Darvish's number).  Of course, that is only if Darvish signs with the Texas Rangers.

Sports Hochi mentions that they are also thinking about retiring it, at least until someone as good as Darvish comes around.

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Hideki Kuriyama plans to spend his New Years in Kuriyama, Hokkaido.

Kuriayama is also thinking about setting up meet-and-greets with fans during spring camp next year: he will set a time and place and wait for fans to show up.

Said Kuriyama, "My job is to make sure the players practice and show up for games in their best conditions.  That means they also need room to focus, which means I need to think about the fans in their place."

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Sho Nakata is looking for a good hill he can use during his off-season runs.

Orix Buffaloes

If the Buffaloes get to go on a championship vacation next year, Akinobu Okada would like to go to Dubai.

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The media learned on Thursday that 25-year-old Yuji Maeda filed marriage papers with a 23-year-old woman named Nanako on 12/7.

Rakuten Eagles

In an effort to boost their international scouting department, the Eagles are planning to offer Takao Ebino (formerly an assistant training coach with the Hanshin Tigers) a job as an international scout.  That would give the Eagles a total three international scouts.

The Eagles are still in the market for a couple of foreign players: a left-handed bat with pop and a starter.