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[11/19/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.20, 2013 @ 2:38 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Hideki Hashigami is set to become one of three hitting coaches next year.  Uncertain of what his job will be, he plans to ask the front office what they want him to do.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/19/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuhiro Wada wants to make sure he is ready to play a full season next year and has already started his training, about week earlier than usual.  Wada is also closing in on three milestones: one hundred away from 2,000 hits, two away from 300 home runs, and ten away from 1,000 RBI.  All of them are within reach if he remains healthy next season.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013


Yohei Oshima will most likely be named the team's next player's chairman.  The decision will be finalized on the 29th.

Current player chairman Kazuki Yoshimi approached Oshima about the position after the season in early October.  He initially turned down the offer but changed his mind after Hiromitsu Ochiai told him it was time for players his age to step up and lead the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2013


The Dragons announced that Shingo Ito had surgery on his right elbow on Monday.  He will be discharged on the 20th and will not be able to play catch for about two months.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013


The Dragons could begin reassigning uniform numbers based on player performances -- the better a players does, the lower the number they get.  This was done frequently went Hiromitsu Ochiai managed the team and could end up becoming a regular thing now that he has returned as GM.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

According to Sanspo, Wladimir Balentien's salary this season was 950,000 US dollars.  His salary in 2014 will be two million US dollars, 2.5 million in 2015, and three million in 2016.

Balentien is scheduled to attend the NPB awards ceremony on the 26th.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Balentien will be presented with a special commissioner's award.  The award will be handed out during the ceremony on the 26th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

A parade took place in Curacao on the 17th, between the airport and Willemstad (about forty-three kilometers).  The parade was scheduled to take four hours, but ended up taking around five.  There was also a ceremony to unveil Coco Balentien Street and a closing ceremony at Chirino Ball Park.  Special guests like Kenley Jansen (Dodgers), Jonathan Schoop (Orioles), and Miss Curacao were invited to the festivities.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013