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Pete LaForest returning to the US with an injury

by on Nov.09, 2009 @ 10:21 pm, under NPB
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Pete LaForest will be returning to the United States on Tuesday with pain in his right abdominal area.  The Lions were planning on using LaForest during a practice game against the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday, but the pain was apparently too severe.

I'm not really sure where this leaves LaForest at this point.  Based on the things I've read, the Lions did seem impressed with him.  I guess a lot will depend on how severe the injury is and whether or not LaForest is willing to return to Japan to continue his tryout (whenever that might be).

The Sponichi article I linked to did mention that the team still has not made any decisions on LaForest.

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Around the NPB Horn: Lions like what they see in LaForest so far

by on Nov.03, 2009 @ 1:54 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons announced that they are parting ways with the following 6 players:

Higuchi, Ken P
Kikuchi, Masanori P
Nakazato, Atsushi P
Sato, Ryota P
Ogawa, Masatoshi C
Nakamura, Koji OF

Hanshin Tigers

...Sho Ikketsu is trying to pick up a slider.

After throwing 53 pitches in a bullpen session, pitching coach Kubo suggested Ikketsu throwing a slider using a two-seamer delivery.

"It's like a big breaking slurve.  Fall camp is a good time to try a lot of new things," said Kubo. "Noumi throws it the same way.  If you throw it like a two-seamer, you can get a big break."

...The Tigers continued to practice bunting and base running on Monday.

...The Hanshin Electric Railway Company installed a commemorative plate on the outside of Koshien Stadium marking the Crown Prince's visit during this year's high school baseball tournament.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes announced that Ni-gun manager Hideo Furuya is leaving the club.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles announced on Monday that they are parting ways with Hisanori Nishitani (INF) and En-Yu Lin (P).

Seibu Lions

...Pete LaForest continues to impress the Lions.  And not just with his bat, but also with his people skills.  Seems he's mixing in with the other members of the team fairly well.

"I hear he really likes Japan.  The ball flies off his bat and he works really hard during practice," said Hisanobu Watanabe.

Pete LaForest one step closer to signing with the Lions?

by on Oct.31, 2009 @ 12:32 pm, under NPB
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Hisanobu Watanabe had a chance to watch Pete LaForest on Friday and liked what he saw.

"He has more power than Sledge and has a steady swing.  Should be interesting," said Watanabe.

LaForest has been invited to participate in the Lions' Fall camp that begins on the 31st.

Said LaForest, "I felt relaxed out there and was able to hit the ball with good authority."

The Loins also said that they intend to give him an official tryout during Fall camp.

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Seibu Lions give Pete LaForest a test-run

by on Oct.30, 2009 @ 9:09 am, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions are holding Fall tryouts and one of the players they looked at on Thursday was Pete LaForest, a catcher by trade, but someone that can also play some first and third.

During BP, LaForest hit 9 over the fence, including 4 out of the park.  On defense, the Lions tested him out at third.

LaForest plans to attend tryouts again today.

Said LaForest, "I've been eying Japan now for about 3 years.  My strength is home run power to all fields."

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