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Rakuten Eagles: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB

Before leaving for Kumejima, Okinawa, around 80 players and staff members attended a send-off party at Sendai Station.  About 1,500 fans attended the event.

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The Eagles held a press conference for Jose Fernandez and Luis Terrero today in Kumejima, Okinawa.

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The Eagles announced today that Hitoshi Taneda (40) stepped down as Ni-gun infield / base-running coach due to personal reasons.

They also announced the following personnel updates:

Makoto Kosaka - from Ikusei coach to Ni-gun infield / base-running coach

Yoshinori Okihara - hired as farm director

Tomoki Sano (? 佐野 朋生) - hired as an interpreter

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Senichi Hoshino strongly denied reports that the team was going after Hideki Matsui.

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Kazuo Matsui could become the next team captain.  He also plans to take part in early morning practices.

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1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto found out on Monday that he will be starting at Ichi-gun spring camp, not Ni-gun spring camp.

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The Eagles may decide not to sign Ken Kadokura because Hoshino is concerned about his conditioning/stamina.

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Seven members of the 2011 draft class spent time introducing themselves to about 50 fans (they handed out business cards) at Sendai NAVIC in Aoba-ku, Sendai on Monday.

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