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[12/25/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.26, 2013 @ 3:15 am, under NPB

1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada, 3rd round draft pick Naomasa Yokawa, 4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno, and 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto could all be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

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Shintaro Fujinami will be signing a contract with Phiten, effective January 1, 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2013Sports Hochi 12/25/2013

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Atsushi Nomi had some problems with his nail this past season.  The Tigers might try to set Nomi up with a nail specialist, according to Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/25/2013

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Shinta Hifumi started 2013 by swinging the bat 123 times at 1:23am on January 1.  He is thinking about starting 2014 by swinging the bat more than 123 times at 1:23am on January 1.

The kanji for Hifumi is spelled using the characters for onetwo, and three.

Source: Sponichi 12/25/2013

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Hiroaki Saiuchi got a good feel for his fork and change while playing winter ball in Taiwan.  He felt especially good about his curve toward the end of the winter league season -- he was throwing it for strikes and hitters were swinging at it.

Source: Sanspo 12/25/2013

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According to Sanspo and Sports Hochi, the Tigers are planning to contact the Yokohama Bay Stars about their compensation decision on the 26th.

Source: Sanspo 12/25/2013Sports Hochi 12/25/2013

Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports feel the Tigers might not have a decision until next month.

Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

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The Tigers like how Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu handled players like Hayata Ito and Issei Morita during fall camp.  They want him to help out at Ni-gun, but could still assign him to Ichi-gun spring camp depending on where players he worked with during fall camp go.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2013

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The Tigers are reportedly preparing green alternate uniforms as part of Koshien Stadium's 90th Anniversary -- they apparently look similar to the Oakland A's uniforms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013