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[11/25/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.26, 2013 @ 7:06 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced that Yusuke Uemura (25) and Toshinori Asanuma (24) will be working for the organization next season.  Uemura will join the staff as a batting practice pitcher and Asanuma as a baseball clinic coach.  Both players retired after the season.

Source: official announcement

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The Fighters' players association elected Shota Ono as their next chairman.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2013

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The Fighters held their last official organization-wide meeting of the year on Sunday.

Source: Sanspo 11/25/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura does not like being a designated hitter and will most likely be used as a full-time first baseman next season, with Hideto Asamura taking over at third.  Ryo Sakata could become the everyday DH.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2013

Softbank Hawks

Seiichi Uchikawa told fans at a talk event on Sunday that he wanted to end his career in a Hawks' uniform.  Next season will be the final year of a four-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2013

According to Nikkan Sports, the Hawks and Uchikawa might be talking about a new multi-year deal (two to four years) that would replace the last year of his current four-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

A second round of fall camp began at QVC Marine on Sunday.  Fourteen players attended.

Source: Sponichi 11/25/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Mamoru Kishida was hoping to land a spot in the starting rotation this year, but ended up getting hurt during spring camp (left hamstring) and spent the entire season pitching out of the bullpen.  While he still probably wants to start, he feels he is in no position to choose and will take whatever role is assigned to him.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2013

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According to Tokyo Sports, a number of Ni-gun players and coaches are not happy with the current no smoking rules -- no smoking while wearing the team uniform.  A team official is quoted as saying, "Baseball is about the only sport where the players smoke.  Baseball players were treated differently.  It is common knowledge that smoking is bad for the body.  Putting aside Ichi-gun rules, it is not good for the young players at Ni-gun to be smoking.  They are at an age where they need to be thinking about the future.  We need the coaches to set an example."

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/25/2013