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[12/27/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.27, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Minoru Iwata has plans to work out in Phoenix, Arizona next month.  He will also spend some time at World Wing in Tottori.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/27/2013

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Yamato weighed sixty-two kilograms before the start of the season this year.  He is hoping to start next season at about sixty-seven kilograms.  He currently weighs 69.1 kilograms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2013

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The Tigers will most likely limit the amount of times Seung Hwan Oh faces Central League teams, especially the Yomiuri Giants, during the pre-season (exhibition, practice games).

Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2013Sponichi 12/27/2013Nikkan Sports 12/27/2013

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Naoto Tsuru (26) filed marriage papers on the 5th with a twenty-four-year-old woman he dated for three and a half years.  They started living together in Hyogo on the 1st.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2013

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The Tigers originally did not give players drafted out of high school permission to own cars until after their second year.  They changed the rule to three years.  The organization modified the rules because they want players drafted out of high school to focus on baseball during their first three years.

Players out of college or the Industrial League are free to own cars after their first year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2013, Sanspo 12/27/2013

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Teams are only allowed to have up to seven coaches in the dugout during games.  The Tigers already have seven: the head coach, two batting coaches, a battery coach, a pitching coach, and two infield/outfield base-running coaches.  Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley is the odd man out.  However, their plan to make him a scorer means he will be allowed to sit in the dugout during games.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2013

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The Tigers will not have a decision on their compensation for losing Yasutomo Kubo to the Yokohama Bay Stars via free agency until next month.

Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2013

They could announce their decision as early as January 6.

Source: Sponichi 12/27/2013