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NPB: Hara – Iwamura leading-off? Ichiro to bat third?

by on Feb.18, 2009 @ 12:16 am, under NPB

Tatsunori Hara has announced that he's thinking about hitting Atsunori Iwamura first (at second base) and Ichiro Suzuki third (in right field).

Hara has gone on record to say that he wants his table-setters 1-3, run producers 4-6, and mixed players 7-9.

...Shuichi Murata is trying to get his name considered for clean-up. During situational BP yesterday, Murata hit 2 doubles.

...Yu Darvish, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Toshiya Sugiuchi appear to have pretty much locked up their positions on the final WBC rosters.

...Unfortunately, the same can't really be said of Takayuki Kishi (Seibu Lions). It appears his future is a bit more cloudy, especially after his situational BP outing yesterday -- he faced 11 batters and gave up 3 hits and walked 3.

Kishi is apparently having a tough time throwing his money pitch (the curve) using the WBC-regulated ball and is getting some tips from Darvish.


...Hanshin Tigers Keiji Uezono has thrown 1,242 pitches so far during training camp.

"I threw about the same number during training camp last year. I'm not really too concerned about the number of pitches I've thrown. What matters most are the [practice] games coming up."

...Rakuten Eagles Fernando Seguignol really lit things up during his last BP session. He reportedly drilled a 557ft shot on his 28th swing yesterday. An exact measurement could not be made due to poisonous snakes being in the vicinity where the ball landed. Only at training camp.

It also appears that Seguignol may have locked up the clean-up position in the lineup.

Said Katsuya Nomura, "I haven't really thought of the lineup yet, but I'm guessing Seguignol in the four slot. So now I've got my ace (Iwakuma) and my clean-up hitter."

4 comments on “NPB: Hara – Iwamura leading-off? Ichiro to bat third?

  1. Gwynar

    Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be that much news as to what Hara has planned for Aoki.

    But if Ichiro is going to play RF, as the above report suggests, that could pave the way to Aoki playing center.

  2. Gwynar

    Based on Hara’s lineup construction ideas, the number 2 slot would make a lot of sense. I think that would give Japan a really nice 1-2-3.

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