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[9/29/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 2:02 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

When reporters asked Hideki Kuriyama why the Fighters had such a bad season this year, he replied, "I and [Mitsuo] Yoshikawa were the biggest problems."

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

According to Sponichi, Kuriyama will probably submit an informal resignation to the Fighters that will not be accepted.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuya Hasegawa recorded the franchise's first walk-off triple on Saturday since Takaya Hayashi on August 8, 1999.

The walk-off was also Hasegawa's third of the season -- walk-off single on May 3 vs Seibu; walk-off double on September 15 vs Nippon Ham; walk-off triple on September 28 vs Seibu.  The last player to rack up three walk-off hits in one season was Tadahito Iguchi in 1999.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

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Sadaharu Oh expects the organization to check on the talent pool in Cuba.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

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Perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek, when reporters asked former Hawk Kenji Jojima when he might return to baseball, he replied, "I am really busy with the popular fishing program on RKB.  I want to give that my all."

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are planning to increase capacity at Kleenex Stadium to about 28,000 by October.  At the start of the season, capacity at the stadium was 23,451.  They pushed that up to 25,546 with the addition of two new seating sections in late August.  Rakuten plans to add about 2,500 more seats (of which about 1,500 will be infield standing room only) before the end of the month.  These will reportedly be temporary (through to the end of this year).

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

4 comments on “[9/29/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

  1. billy bob rosenblatt

    Re:Kurayama – I agree with the “I” part of the quote, but blaming his young pitcher is a pretty crappy thing to do.

    1. Chris

      Could somebody take the time to briefly explain why he would blame Yoshikawa? I apologize for my ignorance, but I don’t have the ability to watch games that much. I checked past entries on this blog and didn’t see anything that stands out. On the surface, Yoshikawa’s numbers certainly don’t look good, but they don’t look bad enough to warrant that comment.

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