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[12/30/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.30, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tomoyuki Sugano visited Sedona, Arizona on his day-off.  He is currently playing long-distance catch at about eighty meters.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons could end up about 500 million in the red after this season.  Team officials are hopeful they can move into the black next year after Hiromitsu Ochiai's player salary cuts this off-season.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yusuke Nomura spent five days working out in Hawaii and returned to Japan on the 28th.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

Nikkan Sports reported on a possible relationship between Nomura and TV Tokyo reporter (and former Morning Musume member) Asami Konno on the 27th.  He avoided answering questions about it on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2013Nikkan Sports 12/30/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Seung Hwan Oh is planning to build his parents a nice house in Seoul with his signing bonus (about 200 million yen).

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

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Oakley has a working agreement (advisory contract) with Shintaro Fujinami.  They have so far supplied him with eye wear.  They are now thinking about extending their support with special eye examinations.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about installing a big video screen out beyond the stands at Koshien (Sports Hochi mentioned left-center while Sanspo mentions left- and right-center).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2013, Sanspo 12/30/2013

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The Tigers are afraid of losing out on additional merchandising and marketing opportunities for Gratiii celebrations on the field.  They plan to sit down with Development Coordinator Masayuki Kakefu to see if they can persuade him to go along with it.

Kakefu has been against the celebrations since day one because he feels it shows a lack of respect.

Source: Sanspo 12/30/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura is preparing himself to play any and all infield positions next year.

"What the manager says goes.  My job is to be ready to play anywhere.  I want to be ready to meet expectations, not only at third, but also at second and short," Nakamura said.

He continued, "I want young players to see what is it like to play under the pressure of the Climax Series.  I will play anywhere if it means I can help the team."

If Aarom Baldiris wins the job at third and Tony Blanco at first, Nakamura could see some playing time at short.

Source: Sponichi 12/30/2013

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Yasutomo Kubo does not mind the heckling too much.  He also believes cheering is not always a good thing and heckling not always a bad thing.

"I am looking forward to [pitching at Koshien].  I do not know how the fans will react.  If I am focused on the mound, then I will hear nothing, but I will be able to hear them when I walk to and from the mound." Kubo said.

He added, "When I look back at my career with Hashin, it seems fans cheered for players they did not have strong connections with.  When they started heckling you, that was proof you made it to a certain level."

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2013, Sponichi 12/30/2013

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