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[10/23/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.24, 2013 @ 4:05 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Juan Miranda took forty swings during batting practice on Tuesday and hit five over the fence.  The Fighters have high hopes for him.

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2013

Miranda has never eaten Japanese noodles, but already has a dislike for it because of the way it looks.  Still, he understands that it is a large part of the Japanese meal and will try to get used to it.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2013

Seibu Lions

The following four players will be participating in the Australian Winter League: Toshihiro IwaoYasuhiro Tanaka, Makoto Auichi, and Komei Fujisawa.  They will be playing for the Melbourne Aces.  They will leave Japan on October 28 and return on December 24 (Iwao will return on December 2 and Aiuchi will depart on December 1).

Source: official announcement

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Haruki Ihara spoke to players for about ten minutes before fall practices at Seibu Dome on Tuesday.  A brief portion of what he said:

Do you guys know how much the first stop costs on the Seibu trains?  140 yen.  All of you make good money, but it all begins with that 140 yen.  The fans that come out of the stadium work hard to purchase expensive tickets.  They are not here to see players wearing baggy uniforms, or with long hair, or with facial hair.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2013

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo would like to see Yuki Yanagita become Softbank's everyday clean-up hitter.  Kokubo gave Yanagita an expensive wrist watch after the season last year (the Captain's Award) and told him if he did not hit twenty home runs this year, he would take it back.  The outfielder ended the season with eleven home runs.  Knowing Yanagita was not planning on giving the watch back, the former captain updated his initial task and asked for thirty home runs in 2014.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2013

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The Hawks named Yoshimitsu Goto their new team president and acting owner.  He was also named president of the Softbank Hawks Marketing company.

Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito plans to make players work hard during fall camp.  The goal for fall camp: aim for growth and development of all players; strengthen players up the middle; get younger players to pick up more of the slack and stop relying on veterans so much.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2013

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The Marines will not to offer Ni-gun battery coach Kiyoshi Yamanaka a contract for the 2014 season.

Source: official announcement

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