Kawakami Close to Chunichi Return

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Update: Kawakami’s agreement with Chunichi is for one year and JPY 30m ($390k), reports the Mainichi Shimbun. An official contract and press conference are set for Jan 31 in Okinawa.

Multiple reports out of Japan are saying that former Atlanta Brave Kenshin Kawakami is negotiating with the Chunichi Dragons. Among the reports, the Asahi Shimbun reports that a basic agreement is in place and an announcement is due in the next few days, while the Mainichi Shimbun adds that Chunichi offered a one-year deal at a “low budget.” Kawakami won 112 games for Chunichi between 1998 and 2008 before heading to Atlanta as a free agent.


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  1. Patrick
    27/01/2012 at 8:55 pm Permalink

    you said that yu has two brothers and that neither plays baseball professinally. Are you saying that neither plays baseball or that neither plays pro baseball? I know he has a 22 year old brother named Sho but I haven’t heard of his other brother

  2. Patrick
    27/01/2012 at 9:53 pm Permalink

    The other brother is Kenta: http://ameblo.jp/kentabulun-drs/

    Neither Sho nor Kenta plays professional baseball. I don’t know if they play for fun or not.

  3. Patrick
    28/01/2012 at 3:38 am Permalink


    I would like to know if either brother might be available to join my softball team. Do you think you could look into it for me? Thanks in advance.

  4. Patrick
    28/01/2012 at 9:38 am Permalink

    EJH: No problem, let me shoot an email over to Don Nomura.

  5. Patrick
    29/01/2012 at 8:39 am Permalink

    Good to see that he’ll go where he’ll be appreciated. Guess the low budget option is the only one remaining since he hasn’t had MLB success in years.