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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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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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