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[7/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles will be selling the naming rights to Ni-gun games between August 22 and 24 for 30,000 yen. Source: official announcement ... The Eagles received about fifty applications when they ran the same promotion in April. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shunichi Nemoto will most likely be added to the active roster during the Softbank series that begins on the 21st at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2014
  • The Marines are designating the Mizuno billboard out toward left as a home run target worth one million yen to any right-handed batter that can hit it.  Left-handed batters will be given two million yen. FYI: the billboard is about 130 meters away from home plate. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014, Sports Hochi 7/18/2014, Daily Sports 7/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to offer Koji Akiyama an extension for the 2015 season.  He is currently in the final year of a three-year deal.  If Akiyama returns next season, it will be his seventh. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2014, Sponichi 7/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko could earn his domestic FA option on August 14.  The Buffaloes do not want to lose him to free agency and could sit down with him at least once before the end of the season.  They also might offer him a three-year deal worth about one billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2014