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PL News and Notes: January 6, 2012

by on Jan.07, 2012 @ 3:40 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced the start of a project called Kyushu Baseball Dream on Friday.  The aim of the project is to help provide support and promote the game of baseball in the Kyushu region.

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Yuya Hasegawa and Hiroaki Takaya worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities on Friday.

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3rd round draft pick Masayoshi Tsukada and 5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama moved into the player dorm on Friday.

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Hiroki Yamada is looking to gain over five kilograms before the start of spring camp.  Yamada currently weighs less than 90kg and is pushing to make that at least 95kg by taking in about 8,000kcal a day.

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Nobuhiko Matsunaka took off for Guam out of Fukuoka Airport on Friday.  According to Sanspo, Matsunaka was apparently left off the team's 28-player protected list.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yoshio Itoi worked out for about six hours in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka on Friday.  He was also joined by other players like Takahiro Imanami, Ryota Imanari, and Toshinori Asanuma.

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Hisashi Takeda worked out with Seibu Lion Kazuhisa Makita in Saitama on Friday and told reporters he would like to pitch in at least 50 games in 2012.

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The Fighters announced on Friday that they will send players to Levanga Hokkaido (Japan Basketball League) games on 1/21 and 1/22.  The players will act as Levanga Fan Ambassadors.

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Sho Nakata has plans to workout with Tsuyoshi Nishioka later this month.  Nakata's goal for 2012: to play in every inning of every game.

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Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Thursday that he was toying with the idea of increasing the number of signs, like one that asks batters to foul the next pitch off.

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Makita worked out with Nippon Ham Fighter Hisashi Takeda in Saitama on Friday and told reporters that he planned to throw more pitches during spring camp this year (in order to help him with his return to the starting rotation).

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Yusei Kikuchi will become the 2012 spokesperson for JA Iwate Group.  Kikuchi is from Morioka, Iwate.

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3rd round draft pick Hitoto Komazuki moved into the player dorm on Friday.  Ikusei 1st round draft pick Komei Fujisawa also moved in on Friday.

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The Lions 2012 kick-off ceremony will be taking place on 1/27.

Orix Buffaloes

Tomotaka Sakaguchi worked out for about two hours (including about 15 minutes of outdoor BP against a live arm) in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on Friday and told reporters that he did not think a batting title was out of his reach and that he was interested in winning one.

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Yoshihisa Hirano and team mascots Buffalo Bull and Buffalo Bell took part in the Osaka Fire Department's New Years parade on Friday.

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GM Yoshio Murayama feels the team was able to make about 80% of the upgrades they wanted to make this winter.  The rest will either be filled by the 2011 draft class or via trade.  Kei Igawa is also still very much on the Buffaloes' radar.

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The Buffaloes drew about 1.16M fans to Kyocera Dome last year.  They are hoping to bump that up to around 1.5M this year.

Rakuten Eagles

Eagles' officials visited Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine on Friday to pray for a successful season.

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Shinichiro Koyama would like to make it five straight seasons of 50+ appearances.

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2nd round draft pick Yoshinao Kamata and 6th round draft pick Hiroaki Shimauchi visited the Japan Agricultural Co-operatives in Komatsu on Thursday and were both given 60kg bags of rice from Komatsu, Ishikawa.  Both players are from Komatsu.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Saburo worked out for about two hours at QVC Marine Field on Friday.

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Yoshihiro Ito plans to work on his shuto (to complement his slider) during spring camp.

10 comments on “PL News and Notes: January 6, 2012

    1. Gen Post author

      I don’t think that was a done deal. I think they’re interested and are looking into him, but aren’t ready to sign him just yet.

  1. Dylan

    I said that because Orix’s GM said that they would fill out the rest of the roster with draft picks and/or trades. He didn’t say that they would sign anymore free agents.

    1. Gen Post author

      I just wanted to make sure no one thought the team was 100% going to sign Castillo.

      I think Castillo could be an interesting pick-up, but the Buffaloes don’t really have any space for him at the time being, especially after signing both Dae-Ho Lee and Shinji Takahashi.

      At this point, I’m guessing the Buffaloes are looking at Castillo more as a possible pick-up if someone gets hurt or if someone starts really slow.

    1. Gen Post author

      My guess is that the Buffaloes will go with what they have until they know for sure what Kei Igawa is going to do — if he manages to sign with a team in the US, they can use the money they set aside for him to sign someone like Castillo.

      They might also be willing to give players like Shogo, Yoshida, Shunta, and 8th round draft pick Takayoshi Kawabata in right.

  2. Dylan

    Shogo was ok. Shunta was overwelmed being 18! Yoshida has never been good and Kawabata is probably a reach. I think it was Okada’s biggest mistake last year using Shunta when he obviously wasn’t ready. Shunta said so himself looking back on it( AB 40 AVG .100 SO 13 1 RBI ). Ouch.

    1. Gen Post author

      My point was more that they have a number of options they can try.

      Also, in looking of Castillo’s numbers from the US, it seems he has only played a handful of games in the outfield over his career (maybe 15 or so games). And that includes the 7 games in the outfield with the Bay Stars in 2010 (1 in left and 6 in right).

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