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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: December 15, 2012

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hitoki Iwase will make 370 million yen next season.  That is 80 million less than this season and is the first pay-cut of his pro career.  He will also no longer be the highest paid Japanese player in the NPB.  Iwase is currently working on a change he used to throw during his Industrial League days.  Source: Sanpso 12/15/2012, Sports Hochi 12/15/2012


The Dragons cut 165 million yen in salary on Friday: Iwase (down 80 million yen), Takuya Asao (down 55 million yen), and Masahiko Morino (down 30 million yen).  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012


Morino is making modifications to his bat for the 2013 season that include increasing the length (from 34.5 inches to 35 inches) and weight.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/15/2012


Jorge Sosa reportedly told Daniel Cabrera the Dragons were a good team to play for.  Ironically, Sosa could be leaving Chunichi for the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

Yakult Swallows

Tsubakuro has apparently received offers from fifteen different organizations/companies.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

Daily Sports puts the total at fourteen.  Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2012

Sponichi mentions thirteen.  Source: Sponichi 12/15/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi worked out (included running and playing catch) for about two hours in Hawaii on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2012


Hayato Sakamoto and Hisayoshi Chono are likely in line to become the next captains after Shinnosuke Abe.  They could also be named vice captains next season.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012, Daily Sports 12/15/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Tolucky, Lucky, and Ki-ta were shop managers for the day at Mizuno Osaka today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012


Akihito Fujii is doing a lot of running this winter -- without any money or a mobile phone, he will have his wife drive him to a random location and drop him off; or he will keep running further and further away from his home until he finds a nameplate with his last name and then turn back.  Source: Sanpso 12/15/2012


Hayata Ito is planing to work out with Yomiuri Giant Yoshinobu Takahashi for about two weeks next month.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

The workouts will likely take place in Okinawa and will begin some time around January 10.  Other Yomiuri players like Tomoya Inzen and Ryota Wakiya will also attend.  Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2012


Yasutomo Kubo on becoming a closer next season: "My feelings have not really changed.  My motivation has nothing to do with starting or relieving.  My job is to do what I am told.  It is my job as a professional player to perform at my best.  It is work as usual. ... It is a position that can affect team morale if you get hit.  7th, 8th, 9th inning, your turn comes when the team has a lead.  It hurts more to lose after having a lead than if the team was losing all along.  In that sense, it is a difficult position."  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012


The Tigers are planning to play three practice games against the Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, and Orix Buffaloes around the end of February (in Kochi).  They will most likely take place sometime after a practice game against Samurai Japan on the 26th and an exhibition game against Chunichi on March 5.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/15/2012

They could end up playing over thirty games (nineteen exhibition games plus various other practice/intra-squad games) before the start of the regular season.  Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Yusuke Nomura got a 25 million yen raise on Friday and will make 40 million next season.  The raise and the salary set new highs in franchise history for a player entering their second year.  The previous high for raises was Kanei Kobayashi at 20 million yen; the was previous high for salary was Katsuhiro Nakagawa at 33 million.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 12/15/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are hoping Enyelbert Soto continues to pitch well against the Yomiuri Giants.

2012: 6 G, 4 GS, 1-0, 23.1 IP, 16 H, 2 HR, 20 SO, 12 BB, 1 HBP, 10 R, 9 ER, 3.47 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
2011: 4 G, 4 GS, 1-1, 25.2 IP, 18 H, 3 HR, 19 SO, 5 BB, 0 HBP, 4 R, 5 ER, 1.75 ERA, 0.90 WHIP