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[11/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions would like Takeya Nakamura to play third base if he is healthy. They are checking the overseas market for a third baseman, but may not have enough foreign player slots available. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Current team captain Takumi Kuriyama would like to see Hideto Asamura become the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014
  • Hotaka Yamakawa dropped about seven kilograms in a month and currently weighs 103 kilograms. Yamakawa hurt his left hamstring while running the bases during a Phoenix League game on October 16. He was sent back to Saitama the following day and decided to stop drinking soda (as much as 1.5 liters a day). Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita was given the 2014 Yanase MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014
  • Yuya Hasegawa will have surgery on his right ankle in early December. He will require a month to two months for a full recovery. He should be fine by opening day. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014
  • Softbank is planning to create a new seating section close to the outfield seats. The fences will move in a little to increase seating capacity and extra base hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will be appearing in a parent company Nippon Ham television commercial that will be airing during the Ekiden on Nippon TV on January 2 and 3 next year. It took about six hours to film footage for the commercial at Sapporo Dome. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014 ... Players at Otani's level general receive anywhere from fifty million to sixty million yen to appear in a commercial. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014
  • Makoto Kaneko (39) will be a special instructor. He was assigned the number eighty-eight. Kaneko will travel with the team to Okinawa for spring camp in February next year. He will then head overseas to learn more about coaching and management with the Padres. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 11/25/2014