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Nikkan Sports: Hanshin Tigers add Takeshi Hidaka

by on Nov.27, 2012 @ 4:33 pm, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers added thirty-five-year-old catcher Takeshi Hidaka to their roster today.  They held a press conference for him at a hotel in Osaka.  He has been assigned the number thirty-seven.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2012

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UPDATE @ 9:51pm - Hidaka signed a two-year deal worth an estimated 100M yen.  Source: Sponichi 11/27/2012

Sponichi has posted a portion of the interview during his press conference:

What are your thoughts on joining Hanshin?

I still do not really feel it, but I will prepare myself for [spring] camp.  I can not wait to wear the same uniform as everyone else and play baseball.

On Orix...

Seventeen years is a long time.  I am full of appreciation.  They helped me learn and grow.

You will now have to compete for a starting job.

That goes without saying.  I think everyone is a rival.

What do you plan to do [in order to win the job]?

I need to become the every day player.  I want to show them what I am capable of on offense and defense.

Your impression of Hanshin pitchers.

I have faced them during Western League (Ni-gun) games, so I know most of them.  They seem to have a good group of pitchers.  I want to catch them as soon as possible and open the lines of communication.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2012