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[12/9/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.09, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tomoyuki Sugano received a fifty-five million yen raise during salary negotiations today.  That is the highest raise given to a player in franchise history after their first season.  Koji Uehara held the previous record of fifty-three million.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2013

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Sanspo's story on Tomohiro Nioka's decision to retire may have been premature as a number of media outlets are reporting that the thirty-seven-year-old veteran plans to field offers through to the end of the year.

"I have not made any decisions about next year.  If a team approaches me before the end of the year, I will speak to them.  If not, I will consider what my options are moving forward," Nioka told reporters on Sunday.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/9/2013Sponichi 12/9/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are scheduled to play three practices games in Miyazaki, beginning on February 25 (part of Kyushun Miyagi Baseball Games).

Source: Sanspo 12/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers announced the following uniform number changes/assignments:

Futagami, Kazuhito - from eighteen to sixty-six
Ito, Kazuo - from seventeen to one-seventeen
Oh, Seung Hwan - twenty-two
Yoshimi, Yuji - forty-two
Gomez, Mauro - five
Hashimoto, Kentaro - one-ten

Source: official announcement

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The Tigers added Lotte senryokugai (and former Hanshin Tiger) Kentaro Hashimoto (33) to the staff as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

According to Tokyo Sports, there is a good chance Norihiro Nakamura will be left off the protected list the team plans on sending to the Hanshin Tigers.  With the Bay Stars closing in on a deal with Aarom Baldiris, they no longer need Nakamura.  Leaving him off the list will allow them to protect another pitcher.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/9/2013

Other possible players that could be left off the protected list include Daisuke Miura, Shugo Fujii, and Hitoshi Tamura.

Source: Sanspo 12/9/2013

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Shun Yamaguchi (26) expressed an interest in playing in the Majors last winter, but decided to put those feelings aside this winter to focus on the 2014 season.  He has not given up on the possibility of playing in the United States.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/9/2013

Yamaguchi was hampered by injuries this past season (shoulder and hip joint).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2013

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Kiyoshi Nakahata visited Izu Oshima on Sunday and saw the trail of damage left by Typhoon twenty-six in October.  He held a baseball clinic for four youth baseball teams (eighty-six elementary school-aged kids) on the island and donated 500,000 yen in baseball equipment (Yokohama caps and five dozens balls and five bats per team).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/9/2013, Daily Sports 12/9/2013, Sponichi 12/9/2013

Nakahata told reporters he wanted at least one more foreign player: a pitcher that could record double-digit wins next season.

Source: Sponichi 12/9/2013

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The Bay Stars created a documentary on their 2013 season.  The DVDs are scheduled for official release on the 17th, but pre-orders on the first run of 5,000 copies have already sold out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2013