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Takahashi Saito, Ichiro, Disneyland and Angels’ game travel packages

by on Dec.19, 2009 @ 7:45 pm, under MLB

Takashi Saito started up his training on Friday.  Working out with him were Chikara Onodera (SEI), Jun Yamamoto (SEI), and Yasuhiro Ichiba (YAK).  The four worked out for about 2 hours.

Saito kept things light and spent most of the giving tips and pointers to the three other pitchers.

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Seems the Walt Disney Company is contacting travel agencies in Tokyo about setting up tour packages that would allow travelers to take in Disneyland during the day and an Angels' game at night.

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Ichiro worked out for about an hour on Friday.  Aside from stretching and playing some catch, Ichiro also took about 74 swings of the bat under the  watchful eyes of players like Yoshiyuki Kamei and Tetsuya Matsumoto.

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Ryota Igarashi becomes the 11th Japanese player the Mets have signed over the years.   He'll likely be used in the 8th inning.

Igarashi will continue his training in Arizona until early January.  It seems there's also a chance Mets' pitching coach Dan Warthen might drop by to catch one of his training sessions.

7 comments on “Takahashi Saito, Ichiro, Disneyland and Angels’ game travel packages

  1. Ken D.

    Being the resident Mets fan here, let it be known that while Igarashi will be the 11th Japanese Met, he’ll be only the 10th to (presumably) appear in a game, as Makoto Suzuki was waived before he ever debuted in NY.

  2. Ken D.

    I didn’t remember Shingo Takatsu either! I remember him with Chicago, just not the Mets. Reading some of the things you linked to (and the subsequent comments), I must say that we Mets fans are the funniest fans around. It’s a humor born of pain, though.

    Bringing it back on topic, it’s nice that Igarashi has signed with the Mets, as Yakult are the ‘Mets of Japan’ in my book (think about it).

    *Shameless self-promotion: I will be in Tokyo in April. Who wants to come to Meiji Jingu with me for a game?

    1. Gen Post author

      If I’m around in Tokyo in April (I’ve been bouncing back and forth between Sendai and Tokyo lately), I’d be more than happy to meet up with you for a Swallows’ game at Jingu Stadium.

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