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[11/30/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 4:26 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito, Sho Nakata, and Shohei Otani are among the players scheduled to meet with the front office for salary negotiations on December 3.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

Seibu Lions

Haruki Ihara told reporters that he planned to bat Takeya Nakamura clean-up with Hideto Asamura moving up to third in the batting order next season.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced that they signed Masato Sakata to an Ikusei contract.  His number will change from 67 to 120.  They also re-signed Shunya Suzuki to an Ikusei contact.  His number will remain 133.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2013

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Team owner Masayoshi Son is planning something big for the organization.  Exactly what is unknown.

"We will make a world's first facility.  It will help all the players practice more efficiently.  It will not just be for Ni-gun players, Ichi-gun players will be able to use the facilities during the off-season," Son said.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

This could have something to do with the rumors that Son is interested in purchasing an MLB team.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

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Takehito Kanazawa has decided to retire.  He wanted to continue playing, but no teams showed interest in him.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka could end up being a judge for NHK's Kohaku Uta Gassen.  Tanaka was also a judge in 2011.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Naoya Masuda told reporters today that he filed marriage papers with a woman living in Tokyo earlier this year in July.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

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The Marines announced the following uniform number changes:

Daichi Suzuki - from thirty-five to seven
Takeshi Kanazawa - from sixty-two to twenty-five
Shota Koike from twenty-four to fifty-seven

Source: official announcement

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Takuya Furuya is a fan of Science Magazine Newton and all things related to space.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Okada is sad to see Dae-Ho Lee go because he wanted to learn more from him.  He has reached out to Lee to see if he can join him for workouts in Saipan in January, but has yet to hear back from him.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013