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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: December 15, 2012

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yuichi Honda will be a JAL spokesperson for the Kyushu/Yamaguchi region next year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

The WBC baseball is slippery in comparison to the NPB baseball.  Honda is planning to oil his glove in order to offset the difference.  Other modifications could also be made to his glove -- like changes to the type of leather.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced today that Micah Hoffpauir's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 2,800 grams, on the 12th.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012


Koji Yamamoto might be thinking about batting Atsunori Inaba second during the WBC.  That could mean a top four of Hisayoshi Chono (Yomiuri), Inaba, Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri), and Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri).  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

Nikkan Sports predicts the following line-up: Chono CF, Inaba 1B, Sakamoto SS, Abe C, Seiichi Uchikawa DH, Yoshio Itoi RF, Nobuhiro Matsuda 3B, Yohei Oshima LF, Kazuo Matsui 2B.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

Seibu Lions

Five members of the 2012 draft class got their physicals on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

Orix Buffaloes

If Takahiro Okada's second round of negotiations do not go well, he might opt to bring in a representative to handle things for him.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

Okada's next meeting with the front office is scheduled to take place on the 21st. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/15/2012

Okada considers Nippon Ham Fighter Sho Nakata his rival.  Source: Sponichi 12/15/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Shinichiro Koyama is the last player on the current roster that was also on the original roster in 2005.  Source: Daily Sports 12/15/2012


Ginji would like to see the team play more games at Tohoku ballparks -- at least two per region.  The team played one game a piece in Morioka (Iwate), Koriyama (Fukushima), and Akita this year.  The game in Iwate was called due to rain.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

About 300 fans showed up for a Takahiro Fujioka autograph and talk session in Yachiyo, Chiba today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012


Tsutomu Ito was a guest on NHK Chiba FM Radio on Friday and said Yoshihisa Naruse was the front-runner to get the opening day start.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

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