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Softbank, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: December 9, 2012

by on Dec.09, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yuki Yanagita will officially begin living on his own, beginning on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

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Seiichi Uchikawa switched from Mizuno back to ASICS after the season (they were his equipment supplier through to 2009).  The new bats he plans to test are the same types he used in 2008 and 2009: the lengths will drop from 34 inches to 33.5 inches; they will be made of the same white ash; and they will weigh between 890 to 910 grams.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012, Sponichi 12/9/2012

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Masahiko Morifuku would like the organization to purchase another rice cooker for the players' lounge.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

Seibu Lions

Kyohei Nagae worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium today.  He is planning to attend Shinya Miyamoto's (Yakult) "mini camp" next month.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Team director Yoshio Murayama told reporters today that he met Vinny Rottino and Brandon Dickson in the US.

"I asked them about their thoughts on baseball and told them about the kind of baseball we are going for.  We need to take away as many concerns foreign players have about playing and living in Japan," said Murayama.

Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2012

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The Buffaloes have not yet received a list of protected players from the Softbank Hawks.  They are hoping to narrow down possible candidates by mid-January, before a scheduled meeting of the coaches.  Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2012

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Takahiro Okada is planning to ask Ichiro Suzuki if he can work out with him during the winter.  Okada trained with Ichiro in 2008, 2009, and 2011.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012

Okada, Shunta Goto, and Hikaru Ito have plans to work out together in Kyushu early next month.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012, Daily Sports 12/9/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino believes the Eagles have a shot at reaching the top, depending on their foreign players.  He also thinks the team will be full of good pitchers within the next two or three years.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae would like to win a championship and hand out free Lotte sweets to the fans (with help from other players and the organization).  Imae mentioned handing out free sweets when he first joined Lotte, but had forgotten about it when the team won championships in 2005 and 2010.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

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Yuki Karakawa is currently going to the hospital to rehab his right elbow and shoulder two to three times a week while doing his winter training.  Source: Sanspo 12/9/2012

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A Makoto Imaoka retirement party was held at a hotel in Osaka today.  Former teammates like Keiichi Hirano (Hanshin), Takashi Toritani (free agent), and Tadahito Iguchi (Lotte) were special guests.  250 fans attended the party.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

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