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[10/20/2013] Rumors: Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.21, 2013 @ 2:20 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are looking to bring Kazuyuki Shirai back as an Ichi-gun INF/base-running/strategy coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions could lose up to six players over the next two years: Hideaki Wakui and Yasuyuki Kataoka earned their domestic FA options this year and could leave this winter; Ginjiro Sumitani and Takayuki Kishi should earn their domestic FA options next year; Takeya Nakamura's three-year contract and Takumi Kuriyama's two-year contract will end after the 2014 season (both have options).

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/20/2013

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Shinji Mori is a pitching coach candidate.  Mori was a pitcher/manager for the BC Million Stars this season.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2013

Yoshihiro Doi and Hirohisa Matsunuma are also candidates.

Source: Sanspo 10/20/2013

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The Lions are thinking about promoting Ni-gun battery coach Kosaku Akimoto to Ichi-gun battery coach.  Scout Kosuke Noda could take over as Ni-gun battery coach.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Of the ten foreign players the Buffaloes carried on the active roster this year, only four will have spaces waiting for them in 2004: Brandon DicksonAlessandro Maestri, Aarom Baldiris, and Dae-Ho Lee.  Depending on how negotiations go, Baldiris and Lee may not be with the team next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2013

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The Buffaloes are in the final stages of selecting an Ichi-gun batting coach.  Ni-gun batting coach Hirotoshi Kitagawa is among the candidates.  A final decision is expected before the start of fall camp in Kochi on November 1.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2013