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Fighters: Bob Keppel to get a new Mizuno glove for 2011 season

by on Oct.24, 2010 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports reports that Bob Keppel may have been tipping his pitches while on the mound this season and it seems he's working with Mizuno to create a new glove that will help deal with that problem.

On Friday, Keppel visited the Mizuno offices in Sapporo to talk about creating a customized glove.  The new glove Mizuno is working on for Keppel is based off Naoki Miyanishi's glove and is one size larger than Keppel's current glove.  The biggest difference between the gloves: the pocket for the index finger.

According to Nikkan Sports, Keppel was apparently doing something with his index finger that was giving batters a hint as to which pitch he was going to throw.  It seems his index finger was also giving away when he was going throw a pick-off to first.  The hope is that the pocket will hide the index finger and keep batters and base-runners from guessing Keppel's next move.

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Nippon Ham Fighters sign Bob Keppel to a 2-year deal

by on Jan.07, 2010 @ 11:42 am, under NPB
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It appears as though the Nippon Ham Fighters are looking to sign 27-year-old, righty Bob Keppel.  The Fighters are looking at Keppel as a candidate to join their starting rotation.

2009 Season

Tm Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP
MIN AAA 3 3 2.43 23 3 1 0 6 1 55.2 51 18 15 1 13 28 3 1.15
MIN MLB 1 1 4.83 37 0 0 0 8 0 54.0 63 30 29 4 21 32 2 1.56

Career

Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP
MLB 1 5 5.36 49 6 0 0 9 0 92.1 114 56 55 11 39 53 2 1.66
MiLB 55 60 4.55 205 159 6 3 2 982.1 1092 569 497 87 296 558 56 1.41

Baseball Cube

=== UPDATE 8:44pm JST

The Fighters signed Keppel to a 2-year deal worth 46.5M yen ($500,000) a year plus incentives.  He has also been assigned the number 31.

=== UPDATE 1/8/2010 11:12am JST

According to Sponichi, the overall total on the 2-year contract will be about 111M yen ($1.2M).

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