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[12/17/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Dec.17, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters do not think Yuki Saito is the type of pitcher that can effectively pitch out of the bullpen.  They feel his only place is the starting rotation.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/17/2013

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Shohei Otani does not really have any hobbies or interests, other than perhps watching movies on DVD.  He apparently wants only to focus on baseball for the time being.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013, Sponichi 12/17/2013

Seibu Lions

If the Lions decide to select a player as part of their compensation for losing Yasuyuki Kataoka, it will most likely be a pitcher or an infielder.  As of Monday, they have yet to receive a list of protected players from the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced the following uniform number changes:

Paul Oseguera - from fourteen to fifty-nine
Edison Barrios - from seven to sixty-seven
Barbaro Canizares - from fifty-five to ninety-five
Takashi Kawamura (Ichi-gun conditioning coach) - from ninety-five to zero-one
Atsushi Toriida (Ichi-gun conditioning coach) - from ninety-six to zero-six
Shuichi Yamakawa (Ni-gun conditioning coach) - from ninety-two to zero-two
Motozumi Kitsunai (San-gun conditioning coach) - from ninety-eight to zero-eight

Source: official announcement

They also announced that Takayoshi Eguchi will join the staff as a trainer on January 1, 2014.

Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced that they signed Softbank senryokugai Sho Arima to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 2.4 million yen.  He has been assigned the number 140.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/17/2013

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The team returned from their championship trip to Hawaii today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013

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The Nakayama RaceHorse Owners' Association's Fun of the Year 2013 Award went to Masahiro Tanaka and Mami Sato (Paralympian long jumper).

Source: official announcement