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PL News and Notes: January 27, 2012

by on Jan.28, 2012 @ 12:23 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks held a staff meeting at Yahoo Dome on Friday to talk about player assignment for spring camp.  A finalized list will be released on January 30.

5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama is scheduled to start things off with group A.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced player assignments for spring camp on Friday.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes renewed their insurance policy for the secondary Kobe field on Friday.  The team originally signed up for insurance at the stadium in 2009 when Takahiro Okada hit a ball that cleared the netting in right.  With the addition of Dae-Ho Lee, the team is now also worried about the ball clearing the netting in left.

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The hotel the team will be using during spring camp, Breeze Bay Marina, has an extra large bed prepared in case Lee needs it.  The hotel is already ready to serve Korean food, if necessary.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are planning to give Ken Kadokura (38) a tryout in Sendai sometime this month.  He could be a candidate for the starting rotation.

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The Eagles will begin selling a limited number of spring camp merchandise on February 1.

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Senichi Hoshino would like to see Golden Glove Awards and Best Nine Awards for outfielders broken up into left, center, and right instead of as one group.  He would also like to see an award category for players that come off the bench.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tadahito Iguchi has been using bats made of Japanese ash.  He is thinking about trying bats made out of maple and white ash this year.