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[12/18/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.18, 2013 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Atsushi Nomi met with the Tigers today for salary negotiations and signed a one-year extension worth an estimated 150 million yen (up thirty million yen).  Nomi is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option next season.

The Tigers have finished signing all Japanese players to contracts for the 2014 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2013

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Randy Messenger, Nomi, Shintaro Fujinami, and Daiki Enokida will likely anchor the first four spots of the starting rotation.

The Tigers are scheduled to open the season against the Yomiuri Giants.  Fujinami, Nomi, and Enokida could get the starts.  Messenger could start the first game of the second series of the season against the Chunichi Dragons.

Source: Sponichi 12/18/2013

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Fujinami could get the team's first exhibition game start of the year on February 22 against Hiroshima.

Source: Sponichi 12/18/2013

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The Tigers are planning to put together their own cheerleading team.  They will soon begin a search for about sixteen to twenty members.

This will be their first cheerleading team since 1978.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2013

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Daiki Kiyohara asked for more time when the team offered him a job as a batting practice pitcher.  He initially wanted to continue playing and attended the twelve-team tryouts in November.  He also considered going overseas, but ultimately decided to retire and pursue his dream of becoming a Judo therapist (bonesetter).

Source: Sponichi 12/18/2013

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Randy Bass is happy that his former teammate, Masayuki Kakefu, got a chance to return to the organization.  Bass is also interested in coaching and might be open to exploring possibilities in the future.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2013Daily Sports 12/18/2013