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[11/9/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.10, 2013 @ 3:51 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will have three pitching coaches and three hitting coaches next season.  Since there is a limit to the number of coaches allowed in the dugout during games, one of the three Ichi-gun pitching coaches will be assigned to the bullpen and one of the three hitting coaches will be assigned the role of official team scorer.  Having three of each in one season is a franchise first.

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons will play intra-squad practice games on the 12th and 14th.  Both games will start at 12:30.  Admission will be free.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2013

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Workouts on Saturday lasted about nine hours and fifteen minutes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2013

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GM Hiromitsu Ochiai will be at the twelve-team tryouts on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2013

Ochiai has cut 491.6 million yen in salary over the first four days of negotiations (thirty-seven players).

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/9/2013

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Nikkan Sports learned on Friday that Hirokazu Ibata's 2013 salary was actually 250 million yen, not 190 million yen.  That means the Dragons most likely offered Ibata thirty million (eighty-eight percent cut) during negotiations in October.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2013

Yakult Swallows

Taichi Ishiyama returned to Tokyo from fall camp in Matsuyama on Friday because of pain in his right leg.

Source: Sanspo 11/9/2013

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Yoshinori Sato may not be ready to join the Ichi-gun team for spring camp next year.  He threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher at the Ni-gun Toda facilities on Friday, but is still in the process of rehabbing his right shoulder (he had it cleaned out in April).

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami spent about thirty minutes throwing forty-three pitches into a net off a bullpen mound during workouts on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2013

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One of development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu's goals is to help the team develop a clean-up hitter.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2013

Possible candidates include: Issei Morita, Masahiro Nakatani, and Shinta Hifumi.

"Hanshin will have to continue relying on new foreigners for help over the next year or two, but after that, I think it would be good for the balance of this team to have a Japanese player that can bat clean-up.  After all, we also have a future ace in Fujinami," Kakefu said.

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2013

Kakefu's ideal line-up involves batting Hiroki Uemoto, Yamato, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka in the top three.  Matt Murton and Takashi Toritani would bat fifth and sixth.  The clean-up hitter would be Mauro Gomez.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2013

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Morita has managed to knock a few balls over the netting in the outfield during batting practice.  Aki City officials are concerned about the safety of people walking by and will put up warning signs beyond the outfield walls.  The city is also considering the addition of extra netting along the top.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2013