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[12/25/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.26, 2013 @ 3:15 am, under NPB
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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada, 3rd round draft pick Naomasa Yokawa, 4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno, and 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto could all be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

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Shintaro Fujinami will be signing a contract with Phiten, effective January 1, 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2013Sports Hochi 12/25/2013

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Atsushi Nomi had some problems with his nail this past season.  The Tigers might try to set Nomi up with a nail specialist, according to Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/25/2013

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Shinta Hifumi started 2013 by swinging the bat 123 times at 1:23am on January 1.  He is thinking about starting 2014 by swinging the bat more than 123 times at 1:23am on January 1.

The kanji for Hifumi is spelled using the characters for onetwo, and three.

Source: Sponichi 12/25/2013

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Hiroaki Saiuchi got a good feel for his fork and change while playing winter ball in Taiwan.  He felt especially good about his curve toward the end of the winter league season -- he was throwing it for strikes and hitters were swinging at it.

Source: Sanspo 12/25/2013

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According to Sanspo and Sports Hochi, the Tigers are planning to contact the Yokohama Bay Stars about their compensation decision on the 26th.

Source: Sanspo 12/25/2013Sports Hochi 12/25/2013

Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports feel the Tigers might not have a decision until next month.

Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

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The Tigers like how Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu handled players like Hayata Ito and Issei Morita during fall camp.  They want him to help out at Ni-gun, but could still assign him to Ichi-gun spring camp depending on where players he worked with during fall camp go.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2013

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The Tigers are reportedly preparing green alternate uniforms as part of Koshien Stadium's 90th Anniversary -- they apparently look similar to the Oakland A's uniforms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013

Hanshin Tigers: September 14, 2012

by on Sep.14, 2012 @ 4:55 pm, under NPB
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Hiroaki Saiuchi complained of tightness in his lower back during workouts on Thursday.  His running exercises were canceled.  He played catch at a distance of about twenty meters and he threw lightly to a standing catcher in the bullpen.

Saiuchi did get an MRI later in the day.  The team trainer told reporters that Saiuchi was having difficulty throwing the ball to squatting catchers.  He was scratched from his Ichi-gun start against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday.  Takumi Akiyama will likely get the start.

Source: Sanspo 9/14/2012

Nikkan Sports adds a little more...  After warm-ups, he started playing catch and looked a little uncomfortable, at times twisting his lower back.  He also threw the ball around with with the trainer before heading to the bullpen.  After a few minutes of throwing off the mound, Saiuchi moved to the indoor facilities because the trainer called off his running exercises.

"[Saiuchi] did not look right during warm-ups.  He was scheduled for a bullpen session so I had him throw off the mound to a standing catcher to check on his body movement.  He complained of tightness in his lower back.  He could not throw hard to a squatting catcher," said team trainer Yasunori Gonda.

Saiuchi was taken to the hospital later in the day for an MRI, CT scan, and various other tests.  His start on Monday against the Yokohama Bay Stars has been scratched.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012

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GM Katsuhiro Nakamura is thinking about converting Daiki Enokida from reliever to starter to alleviate some of the strains from pitching on consecutive days as a reliever -- Enokida has had problems with his elbow.  Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2012

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The media learned on Thursday that team president Nobuo Minami, GM Nakamura, and manager Yutaka Wada were scheduled to meet today in Tokyo.  They likely discussed contract plans for veteran players, like Craig BrazellHiroyuki Kobayashi, and Shinjiro Hiyama.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 9/14/2012

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Kyuji Fujikawa changed his intro music from LINDBERG's every little thing every precious thing to GReeeeN's Wai-ha Waiwaide Iiwai - Omaewai? (ワイはワイワイでいいワイ~おまえワィ?~) on Thursday.  Fujikawa later told reporters it was a one-day thing -- he just wanted to mix things up a little.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012Sponichi 9/14/2012Daily Sports 9/14/2012

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Tickets to what could end up being Tomoaki Kanemoto's retirement game at Koshien Stadium (September 29 vs Hiroshima and October 5 vs Yakult) are close to being sold out.  The Tigers are also planning to release merchandise to commemorate Kanemoto's final season.  Source: Sanspo 9/14/2012

Sports Hochi notes the retirement game will most likely be scheduled on September 29.  An unnamed team official is quoted as saying, "It is a Saturday so I think a lot of fans will be able to come.  I think it is the best option."  Kanemoto will likely get the start in left and bat clean-up for the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2012

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According to Nikkan Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have serious interest in Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Koskue Fukudome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Shinjiro Hiyama could attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Okinawa

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 2:21 pm, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani worked out with Chiba Lotte Marine Tadahito Iguchi at the Okinawa National College of Technology baseball field today.  Workouts included playing catch, fielding practice, BP, and running.  The two have been working out together since 1/6.

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Shinjiro Hiyama is unofficially scheduled to attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Okinawa -- the warmer weather will be better for him as he works his way back from a fractured collarbone.

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Yutaka Wada gave the 2011 draft class the following advice on Sunday: set goals, do not let the pressure get to you and force you to work too hard (do not get hurt), mind you manners, be vocal, and let your personalities show.

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Wada told 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito that he might want to get used to taking notes, similar to the way Matt Murton does.  That should not be a problem for Ito, since he did that while playing college ball.

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2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi sprained his right ankle while playing long toss in December.  While Saiuchi can now walk around without any problems and play catch (he has some trouble running dashes), the team is taking precautions and having him start things slow.  He will join the other members of the 2011 draft class as soon as the pain subsides.

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Wada, pitching coach Keiichi Yabu, Atsushi Nomi, Shinobu FukuharaRyo Watanabe, and Ryota Arai took part in the charity auction / autograph session at Asahi Auto Center in Amagasaki, Hyogo on Sunday.  About 1,500 fans attended the event.

Amongst the other items that were auctioned off: a Murton helmet went for 90,000 yen and a Matt Murton autographed spring camp uniform went for 150,000 yen.  A total 1,817,000 yen was raised, all of which will be donated to a foundation that help Amagasaki children that lost parents in traffic accidents.