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[11/5/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.06, 2013 @ 2:53 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama on how he imagines Shohei Otani's future:

In his third year, he will go 12-5 as a pitcher and hit .300 with fifteen home runs as a hitter.  I want him to become the kind of player that can leave for the Majors in five to six years.

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2013

Seibu Lions

Haruki Ihara wants Yuji Kaneko (23) and Kyohei Nagae (20) to gain weight by eating more.  He would like to see both become key components to the team.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are scheduled to play a practice game against the Seibu Lions on the 14th.  Ichi-gun players are expected to make appearances in the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2013


Kenji Otonari plans to throw about 1,500 pitches during fall camp.  He threw 120 pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He tossed sessions in each of the first four days of camp and is so far sitting at 286 pitches.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Miyagi prefectural governor Yoshihiro Murai held a press conference on Tuesday and announced that the Miyagi Prefecture Citizen's Honor Award will be presented to Masahiro Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles.  A letter of appreciation will be sent to Seniichi Hoshino.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013


Fall camp will take place between November 8 and 20 in Kurashiki, Okayama.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013


The Eagles announced that Ni-gun INF/base-running coach Makoto Kosaka tendered his resignation and that it has been accepted.

Source: official announcement


Former manager Katsuya Nomura spoke at an event on November 1 and said the following:

I will not manager the Giants.  So it has to be the Hawks.  I would be happy to manage for the Hawks.  I am cheering for them.

When I recorded my 1,500th managerial victory, of the twelve team owners, I got a phone call from [Masayoshi] Son.  I was so happy I almost cried.  [Hiroshi] Mikitani did not say one word to me...

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/5/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes announced that they will play practice games against the KBO's LG Twins on the 10th and Hanshin Tigers on the 12th.

Source: official announcement