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[9/25/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Sep.25, 2013 @ 6:08 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi was taken off the active roster today to allow him time to prepare for the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons drew 20,057 fans to their game on Tuesday.  That is the lowest total for a Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome since actual attendance figures started getting published in 2005 (excludes make-up games).  The previous low of 20,812 was set during a Yokohama game on September 27, 2012.  The lowest, including make-up games, was 6,947, set on June 16, 2010 against Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2013

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Team owner Bungo Shirai told reporters he had nothing to say about personnel changed for 2014 because there was "nothing in the pot to boil."  When asked if the team would begin moving forward once the standings became more concrete, he said, "That may or may not be the case."

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2013

Yakult Swallows

Akinori Iwamura would like to continue playing in 2014.  The team is open to signing him to an extension.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2013

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Home plate umpire Hitoshi Watarida decided to toss Wladimir Balentien on Tuesday after he heard the slugger say "f*cking b*llsh*t" twice.  When Watarida first heard the two words, he was not one-hundred percent sure what was said and was not necessarily thinking about ejecting Balentien.  It was when the two words were repeated that the ump decided to throw him out of the game.

Balentien was issued a stern warning and fined 100,000 yen by the commissioner's office today for the ejection.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2013

Six people related to Balentien were at Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Jingu Stadium -- his mother, sister, brother-in-law, and some children.

Source: Sanspo 9/25/2013

There are plans to name a street near Balentien's home in Curacao after him.  A parade in his name is scheduled on November 14 on a major street on the island.  A TV reporter from Tele Curacao traveled about twenty-one hours to provide coverage of the slugger.

Source: Sanspo 9/25/2013

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Team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said it was possible team officials could meet with Junji Ogawa about next season before the end of the month.

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2013