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[11/30/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 5:44 am, under NPB

Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi wants Seung Hwan Oh to keep his loss total to two or three during the season.

The Tigers hired a former Samsung staff member (a man in his twenties that worked as a Japanese interpreter) to be Oh's assistant and interpreter.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2013

Yutaka Wada, head coach Masahiro Kuroda, and pitching coaches Takashi Yamaguchi and Nakanishi are all scheduled to have dinner with Oh when he comes to Japan in December.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

The Tigers have already given Oh a DVD of top hitters from each of the five teams in the CL.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2013

Wada is planning to learn some Korean over the winter.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

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According to Tokyo Sports, the Tigers are having a hard time deciding whether they should move Tsuyoshi Nishioka to third, or leave him at second.  Some feel the conversion will be good because it will take the strain off his legs, some feel the conversion will be bad because it will end up putting more strain on his body as a whole, and still others feel the conversion will be bad because he does not want to be moved.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

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The Tigers are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 10 at Ise Kuratayama Park Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

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The coaches are planning to increase the amount of running players do during spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

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Issei Morita and Hayata Ito visited development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu's house on Satursday and spent about ninety minutes getting advice on their swings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2013

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The Tigers' old timers association presented Shintaro Fujinami with their Fighting Spirit Award.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

Fujinami tends to throw across his body.  The coaches worked on making changes to his lower body (placement on the rubber, landing area for his left leg) during fall camp.  They will now move on to his right arm.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

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Mauro Gomez will likely be assigned the number five.  Only one foreign player, Tom Evans, has ever worn the number.

Source: Sanspo 11/30/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about bringing cheerleaders back for the first time since 1978.  Not necessarily on a full-time basis, but during inter-league play and various milestone games.

Source: Sanspo 11/30/2013