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[10/1/2013] Soon to be Senryokugai: Shima (SEI), Nioka (HAM), Morimoto (YOK)

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 12:41 am, under NPB

The media learned on Monday that the Seibu Lions are not planning to offer Shigenobu Shima a contract for the 2014 season.

Shima appeared in just nine games this season as a pinch-hitter and went 1-for-7 with a walk.  Seibu is expected to meet with Shima to inform him of their decision over the next couple of days.

"I have not made made the active roster since the spring.  It feels as though they no longer need me.  I would like to continue playing if there are other opportunities," Shima said.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2013, Daily Sports 10/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2013

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The Nippon Ham Fighters were expected to inform Tomohiro Nioka that they were not planning to sign him to a contract for the 2014 today, but no formal announcement was made.  A number of teams are reported to be interested in the veteran, but it is uncertain if he is still wants to continue playing.

The Fighters are planning to give Nioka one last at bat at Sapporo Dome before the end of the regular season.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2013

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The Yokohama Bay Stars are expected to inform Hichori Morimoto that he is not included in the organization's plans for the 2014 season.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2013