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[10/11/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 2:34 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tatsunori Hara spoke with team officials on Thursday to see if rosters can be expanded to include an extra spot late in the season for players that have announced their retirements.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai stopped by Nagoya Stadium on Friday to introduce himself to staff and players as the new GM.  He plans to watch fall practices beginning on the 15th.

Motonobu Tanishige also joined the Ichi-gun team at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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Fans will be allowed free entry into Nagoya Stadium during the fall practice sessions that begin on the 13th.

Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien told reporters before leaving for the US on Thursday that he was open to ending his career in a Swallows' uniform.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers played a Phoenix League practice game against Yokohama on Friday.  Fumiya Hojo started at second (instead of his usual position at short) and batted seventh.  He shifted over to third in the 6th inning (it was the first time he played third since turning pro).  He went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

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The Tigers are planning to send Akira Iwamoto and Hiroaki Saiuchi to the Winter Leagues in Taiwan next month.  The Australian Winter League was also an option, but the organization had some reservations about sending inexperienced players to the league based on prior cases.

"They do not play a lot of games in Australia.  Only players with a strong sense of responsibility should go.  It would be better just to have them work out in Japan," a team official said.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars opened their own official Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BAYSTARSch

Source: official announcement