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[10/11/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 1:05 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata spent about twenty minutes take fielding practice in the infield on Thursday (he did not workout in left).  During batting practice, he took thirty-six swings and hit six over the fence.

Incidentally, his left pinky has still not fully healed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Former Fighter Yu Darvish visited the Ni-gun facilities at Kamagaya on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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ZakZak notes that the Fighters rely heavily on their talent evaluation system (Baseball Operation System) to help them determine which players are under-performing.  Once they know which players are not performing, they employ tactics to make them expendable to the point where they either accept the team's demands (lower salary, change in position, less playing time), or move on to another team.  Case in point: Sho Nakata learning how to play third means Eiichi Koyano has to accept a drop in salary and a change in position, or he can just exercise his FA option and leave.

Source: ZakZak 10/11/2013

Softbank Hawks

Paul Oseguera delayed his return to the US to continue his workouts with the team.  He is currently slated to head back to the States in about a week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Hiroki Yamada will be heading to the Dominican Republic later this month to play winter ball.  He is scheduled to start a Phoenix League game on the 14th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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The Hawks announced on Friday that they are parting ways with pitching coach Ikuo Takayama (51) and head coach Daijiro Oishi (54).

Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

According to Tokyo Sports, the Eagles have adopted the "MLB-way" of evaluating performance and salaries this year.  A number of players are concerned about whether or not they will get credit for the things they do that do not show up in their stats.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/11/2013

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Mizuno announced they will be selling a special Masahiro Tanaka Consecutive Wins Commemorative Glove.  Supplies will be limited to 150.  Each glove will come with a clear acrylic case.  Pre-orders will be accepted between October 11 and 25.  The glove carries a price tag of 115,500 yen.

Source: official announcement, product page

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines issued a formal public apology on Thursday for the insensitive tweet Takumi Kobe posted in response to a female high school student getting stabbed to death.

Source: official apology

The team was originally planning to let Kobe continue playing in the Phoenix League, but instead decided to suspend him until further notice from the team.  He was pulled from the league on Friday and met with team officials in Tokyo to explain what happened.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2013

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