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[12/19/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.19, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Ryosuke Hirata is out with the flu.  He worked out at Nagoya Stadium this morning but got sick later in the day.  Hirata is the second player in the organization to come down with the flu so far during the off-sesaon -- Kazuki Yoshimi caught the flu last month after visiting an elementary school.  

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/19/2013

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OF/base-running coach Hidenori has started his own line of clothing.

Source: Eichi via Sponichi 12/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

Yuichi signed a contract worth 18.5 million yen on Wednesday.  Under normal circumstances, he may have only been offered eighteen million, but the organization tacked on an additional 500K because of the year he had (WBC, captain, stats).

Source: Sponichi 12/19/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp are still trying to work out a deal with Kam Mickolio.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/19/2013

Hiroshima may have offered Mickolio a salary worth over 100 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Matt Murton's wife gave birth to the couple's fourth child, a boy weighing 3,600 grams.

Source: Sanspo 12/19/2013

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Seung Hwan Oh left for Guam out of Korea on the 18th.  He will return to Korea on January 20 and then head to Okinawa on the 24th.

Source: Sanspo 12/19/2013

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Atsushi Nomi told reporters during his salary press conference on Wednesday that there was brief mention of a multi-year deal, but no actual offer.

Source: Sponichi 12/19/2013

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The Tigers are planning to play seven games, practice and exhibition, during Ginoza spring camp in February.  They also plan to go heavy on situational batting practice and intra-squad games.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013

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Six players (2013 rookies Shintaro Fujinami, Fumiya Hojo, Kojiro Tanabo, Shinya Azuhata, and Kazuyuki Kaneda, and 2012 rookie Kazuo Ito) attended a rookie seminar that covered a number of topics, including alcohol and organized crime.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013, Sanspo 12/19/2013

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The Tigers posted details for their new Hanshin Tigers Official Fan Service Member openings (cheerleading team).

Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kosuke Tomita told reporters he and his wife held a wedding ceremony at a hotel in Nagoya on December 1.  The two filed marriage papers in January.

Source: Sponichi 12/19/2013

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The Bay Stars finished signing all their players to contracts for the 2014 season today.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013

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Rakuten senryokugai Takuma Sadaoka (27) will join the staff as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/19/2013