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[10/7/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 1:31 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are the fourth team in NPB history to go from first to last in back-to-back seasons.  The other three: Taiyo in 1960-1961, Yakult in 1978-1979, and Kintetsu in 1980-1981.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

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Chief advance scout Kazuyuki Atsuzawa could be shifted to Ichi-gun pitching coach.  Ichi-gun pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki could be moved to bullpen pitching coach with current bullpen pitching coach Takeshi Shimazaki taking a staff position within the organziation.

INF/base-running coach Hajime Miki will be let go.  Atsunori Inaba is expected to return to being a full-time player.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Seibu Lions

The Pacific League has decided to give Takumi Kuriyama the Speed Up Award.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

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Hideaki Wakui's six saves in six games ties the NPB record currently held by Masahide Kobayashi (2001), Hitoki Iwase (2005), Kyuji Fujikawa (Hanshin), and Koji Aoyama (RAK).  Of those five players, only Kobayashi and Wakui recorded their saves on six consecutive days.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

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Esteban German became the third foreign player in NPB history to record forty or more steals in back-to-back seasons.  The last foreign player to achieve the feat was Roberto Barbon in 1955 and 1956.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are planning to send Nao Higashihama and Ikusei pitcher Yuya Iida to the Puerto Rican League.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

Higashihama wants a new out pitch and is thinking of picking up a new pitch (perhaps a change) or improving one of his current pitches (like the two-seamer) during the off-season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

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Koji Akiyama is planning to hold joint Ichi-gun and San-gun fall practices at YafuOku Dome while Ni-gun players attend the Phoenix League.  All three levels are scheduled to attend fall camp in Miyazaki in November.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hyogo Prefecture announced they will present Masahiro Tanaka with their Prefectural MVP Sports Award.

Past recipients include Tomoaki Kanemoto, Atsuya Furuta, and Ichiro.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines announced they drew 1,260,439 in attendance this season.  That is up from the 1,239,168 they recorded last year.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2013

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