Things that caught my eye
- Nippon-Ham Fighters have been impressed with former New York Yankee Juan Miranda. Miranda has played the past two seasons in Mexico, hitting .367 with 26 home runs. While Miranda is not known for his power, he should be a suitable replacement for the outgoing Micah Hoffpauir.
- WIth his contract expiring, Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton is not sure whether he’ll resign with the Tigers. It is doubtful any Major League club will sign him to a major league contract.
- Former Nippon-Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman will not be the bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers next season. The word is that Hillman didn’t understand the National League well enough, though that reason doesn’t make sense to me. Hillman should find a job soon.
- Lotte Marines outfielder Takumi Kobe got in some trouble when he tweeted that a recently murdered high school girl got what was coming to her. Later Kobe claimed that he didn’t write the tweet. Apparently he has a friend that does that for him. My feelings are that Kobe is a liar and should be released. This guy has a character problem.