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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: December 11, 2012

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

Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata and Shuhei Takahashi left for Kumamoto on Monday for twelve days of workouts.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Yakult Swallows

Ryohei Kawamoto plans to spend the day training with marathon runner Erick Wainaina on Wednesday.  Kawamoto will likely get some playing time in the outfield next season and is hoping to get some tips on running from Wainaina.  He is also trying to drop four to five more kilograms this winter (he currently weight ninety kilograms).   Source: Sanspo 12/11/2012, Sponichi 12/11/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi and Yuki Koyama made a surprise visit to Otomo Elementary School in Rikuzentakata, Iwate today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012


Kazunari Sanematsu signed three-year deal.  His salary next season will be 40 million yen (up twenty million yen).  Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012


Hayato Sakamoto's Fan Meeting will take place on January 24.  Source: official announcementSanspo 12/11/2012


Tetsuya Yamaguchi got a 120 million yen raise and will make 240 million yen next season.  His first contract with Yomiuri was for 2.4 million yen.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani and Kazuya Tsutsui visited Fukushima Elementary School in Osaka today.  Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2012


The Hanshin Tigers are planning to use WBC baseballs during a spring camp practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The game will be scheduled some time around February 10.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/11/2012


The media learned that Yutaka Wada was in the US.  He also apparently checked out the Winter Leagues in Puerto Rico.   Wada reportedly traveled overseas to observe and learn, but may have been evaluating potential talent (closer, clean-up hitter) as well.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

According to Sanspo, Wada was in the US for about a week and likely returned today.  During his stay, he may have visited the Altanta Braves and gotten a tour of Turner Field.  He most likely did not attend the Winter Meetings in Nashville.  Source: Sanspo 12/11/2012


Tsuyoshi Nishioka plans to hold his usual workouts with former Osaka Toin players Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham) and Ryosuke Hirata (Chunichi) next month.  Ryuma Kidokoro (Softbank), no connection to Osaka Toin, is also expected to attend.  Source: Sanspo 12/11/2012


The Tigers could end up taking fewer pitchers to Okinawa spring camp next year (from the twenty-two they carried this year, to twenty or less) in order to improve the quality of the practices and to make sure everyone is getting enough work.  Competition for starting positions, like rotation spots, could still take place between Okinawa and Kochi camps.  Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2012


The Tigers held a workshop for five members of their 2011 draft class today.  Topics covered included: what it means to be a professional baseball player and handling the media.  The workshop lasted about four hours.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012


Kura Sushi is interested in 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami as a possible spokesperson for their chain of kaiten sushi restaurants at some point.  The connection: Kura Sushi is based out of Sakai, Osaka, which is where Fujinami is from; Fujinami also likes salmon and the salmon sushi is popular at Kura Sushi.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Sakai, Osaka could also select him as a tourism ambassador, perhaps as early as Septemer 2014 (they currently have seven and each has a two-year term).  That could change if enough people in Sakai request that he be named an ambassador sooner.  Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2012


2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo ordered some Shunta Goto (Orix) model bats with modifications that make it similar to what Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) uses.  Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Eishin Soyogi met the Carp for a second round of negotiations today and agreed to a salary of 70 million yen (up 8 million yen) for the 2013 season.  It is the same amount he was offered during his first round of negotiations.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012, Sponichi 12/11/2012


Team owner Hajime Matsuda is scheduled to visit Carp Academy in the Dominican Republic.  He will leave on the 17th and spend about ten days checking on operations to see if there are any problems or to see if anything can be done to improve conditions.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/11/2012