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[1/8/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.08, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

The media learned on Tuesday that Masahiro Tanaka's management contract with HoriPro ended on December 31, 2013.  Tanaka's relationship with HoriPro began in January 2011.  The agreement allowed him to focus on baseball while giving the talent agency control over everything else (like off-season appearance schedules).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2014

Seibu Lions

2013 draft class training camp began today.  Workouts started at 9:30am and lasted about six hours (with a break for lunch).

3rd round draft pick Takuya Toyoda and 7th round draft pick Kentaro Fukukura tossed bullpen sessions.

Source: Sanspo 1/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2014, Sponichi 1/8/2014

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Former Seibu Lion Kazuhisa Ishii will be a baseball analyst for Sponichi.

Source: Sponichi 1/8/2014

Softbank Hawks

Kenichi Nakata and Nobuhiro Matsuda left work workouts in Guam today -- they have separate plans, bumped into the each other at the airport, and found out they were booked on the same flight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2014

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Shinya Tsuruoka's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 3,072 grams, earlier today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Shota Omine is thinking about getting his registered name changed from 翔太 (Shota) to 大嶺翔太 (Omine Shota).

"I wanted to change something.  When I played baseball as a kid with my brother, my name always showed up as Omine Sho (大嶺翔) on the scoreboard.  I want to go back to the way I felt back then," Omine said.

Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Hikaru Ito is working with Walking Instructor Masamichi Kimitsuka to improve his balance and walking posture.

"Ever since I had problems with a herniated disc, I have not had a lot of confidence in my running abilities.  I thought it might be good to begin by going back to the basics and working on my walking.  I want to be more aggressive when running the bases," Ito said.

Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

The media learned today that senryokugai Tomohiro Nioka is planning to retire.  He is expected to hold a press conference to announce the decision on Thursday.

Source: Sanpso 1/8/2014