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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin: December 9, 2012

by on Dec.09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Shinji Tajima was given the 2012 Gambare Dragons MIP Award.  He was also presented with a Mercedes-Benz C180 Blue Efficiency.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012


Takuya Asao is planning to begin his winter workouts in Guam sometime early next month in preparation for the WBC.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012


Takehiro Donoue's wedding ceremony took place at a hotel in Nagoya today.  Donoue got in about five hours of last-minute workouts on Saturday.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

Yakult Swallows

Kyohei Muranaka is getting his mechanics evaluated at Kansai Iryo University.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012


Kazuhiro Hatakeyama's wife is slated to give birth to the couple's first child in March 2013. Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara wants to name Tetsuya Utsumi his opening day starter next year.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012

Utsumi is interested, but his top priority right now is pitching in the WBC.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012


The Giants are planning to increase the number of games they play during spring camp in Okinawa next year -- from the six they played this year to eight.  They also plan to start games a little earlier so that they can hold additional workouts afterward.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012


1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano could make his debut in a spring camp game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 20.  Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Kohei Shibata and Hirokazu Shiranita played in an Australian Winter League game on the 9th (the two are playing for the Canberra Cavalry).  Shibata started in center and batted second; he went 1-for-5 with a single to center.  Shiranita gave up a run on three hits over two innings of work; he also struck out two.

Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2012

ABL player stats: Kohei ShibataHirokazu Shiranita, Masanori Fujihara


Minoru Iwata could get the opening day start.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/9/2012


Takahiro Arai does not plan on making any changes to his hitting mechanics just because of his right shoulder.  He is, however, making changes to the way he throws the ball.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012


Kyuji Fujikawa apparently feels Ryo Watanabe is best suited to lead the pitching staff because the others, like Shinobu Fukuhara, Atsushi Nomi, and Yuya Ando, are too nice.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012, Daily Sports 12/9/2012


Naoto Tsuru would like to continue his off-season workouts with Kyuji Fujikawa.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012


Naoto Nishida suggested 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami get a TV (at least forty inches), a big refrigerator, and an air purifier/humidifier for his dorm room.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012, Daily Sports 12/9/2012


The Tigers do not think they will have to sit down with Kosuke Fukudome for another round of negotiations before he makes his decision.  They also expect to hear from him soon.

"We are prepared to listen.  But as I understand it, we feel we made our final offer.  It was the biggest and best offer we could make.  The smaller details, like incentives, could be re-examined," said GM Katsuhiro Nakamura to reporters on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012


Tsuyoshi Nishioka reportedly turned down about 100 million yen in guaranteed money from the Tigers and had them divert it to his incentives.  Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2012


The 1965 Club and the 1973 Club got together for a baseball event at Sato Yakuhin Stadium in Kashihara, Nara.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012