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[12/26/2013] Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.26, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Taichi Ishiyama (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Sendai on the 25th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2013

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The Swallows finished signing all fifty-six of their players on Tuesday.  Twenty-two players got pay cuts (212.4 million yen), twenty-three got raises (181.8 million yen), and eleven saw no change.

Source: ZakZak 12/26/2013

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Senryokugai Taiyo Fujita has decided to retire.  Fujita no longer feels he will be able to pitch the way he wants to due to problems with his right elbow.

Source: blog post one, blog post two

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda signed an advisory contract with Magniflex.

Maeda told fans during a fan event today that he looked forward to the possibility of facing Masahiro Tanaka in the Majors.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2013

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Yoshihiro Maru has used a lot of classical pieces for his intro music.  This past season, he switched over to music by Akina Nakamori (Desire in June) and B'z (Ichibu-to Zenbu toward the end of the season) when he started losing steam at the plate.  He hopes to stick to just one song next year by Akamaru Dash (something he declared during fan appreciation day).

Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2013

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Tomonori Maeda signed an advisory contract with the organization.  He will provide the team with advice on various things like events and merchandising.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida had stability problems with his stride this past season that may have contributed to tightness issues in his left leg.  Mizuno is making/has made a number of changes to his cleats for better fit and support.

Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2013

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Seung Hwan Oh has been compared to the main character from Golgo 13.  The Tigers might try to collaborate on some Oh items with Golgo 13 author Takao Saito.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2013

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The Tigers were originally rumored to be looking at a pitcher as compensation for losing Yasutomo Kubo to the Yokohama Bay Stars.  It now seems veteran catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka might also be under consideration.

Source: Sanspo 12/26/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about making Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley a dugout scorer during the season to help players with pitch patterns.

Source: Sanspo 12/26/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars could assign Hisanori Takahashi the number forty-seven.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2013

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