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NPB News and Notes from 2/6

by on Feb.06, 2009 @ 12:14 am, under NPB

Waseda University righty Yuki Saito tossed 60 pitches during his first bullpen session of the season. When asked how he felt, Saito said, "My body feels much looser than it did at this point last year. Right now, I'm just focusing on my fastball."

Ryuji Wakatake (Hanshin Tigers) turned things up a notch when he tossed 205 pitches during his bullpen session yesterday. "I threw some pretty decent pitches, but I still need time to get things under control. I'm focusing on my delivery right now and that's why I want to throw as many pitches as possible," said Wakatake. He has his eyes on pitching in one of the Red-White practice games later this month.

Tomoyuki Kubota (Hanshin Tigers) experienced some stiffness in his right shoulder and was diagnosed with arthritis. He has been ordered to cease throwing for a week and may move to Ni-gun camp once he's able to throw again. Kubota has not thrown any bullpen sessions yet this year.

Kazuhiro Kiyohara will be in the TBS broadcast booth as a "special navigator" during the second round of the WBC.


Kazuhiro Yamauchi passed away on February 2nd, at the age of 76, from liver failure. He spent time as a player, coach, and manager over his 50+ year career.

As a player:

.295, 2,271 H, 1,286 RBI, 448 2B, 396 HR

MVP: 1960
Best Nine: 1954-1957, 1959-1963, 1968
All-Star: 16 times

As a manager:



...And Sanspo's camp photos from February 2nd.

0 comments on “NPB News and Notes from 2/6

  1. Gwynar

    Yamauchi was also apparently a great teacher. One of his nicknames is "Kappa Ebisen." Kappa Ebisen is a snack (similar to chips I suppose) that has a jingle that loosely translates to "Once I start, I can’t stop," which is suppose to directly refer to Yamauchi and how he gets once he starts to teach.

    Perhaps an interesting note: he coached / managed players like Ichiro, Ochiai, Hara, and Kakefu in the past.