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[11/27/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.28, 2013 @ 3:12 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants held their last official organization-wide meeting of the year on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai told reporters on Tuesday that the team was more or less done signing players, other than those on the foreign market.  Head coach Shigekazu Mori is in the Dominican Republic looking primarily at relievers and left-handed starting pitchers.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien is open to moving to first base and will likely be given a look there next season.  The Swallows are concerned about both his defense and the strain on his legs when playing the outfield.  A move to first would kill two birds with one stone.

Balentien arrived in Japan on Tuesday morning and is scheduled to return home on the 29th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

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The Swallows held their last official organization-wide meeting of the year on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 11/27/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Tsuyoshi Nishoka is not sure if Gratiii celebrations will continue into 2014 and said that it was a team decision, not his.  He also said that the celebrations were a necessary tool to help bring the team together this year.  And while there was some people on the outside that did not take kindly to the celebrations (including now development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu), not everyone was completely against it -- some thought they saw an improvement in team chemistry.

Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

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After borrowing a number of different third baseman's gloves from various players during fall camp, Ryota Imanari found that he liked the one used by development coordinator Kakefu the most.  Imanari has placed an order on several types of gloves, all based on advice he received from Kakefu.

Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about locking Atsushi Nomi up with a multi-year contract extension.  The lefty is currently set to earn his domestic FA option some time next season.

Source: Sanspo 11/27/2013