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Around the NPB Horn: Giants planning more games for Ikusei team

by on Jan.06, 2010 @ 3:22 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Tae-Gyun Kim flew into Japan on Tuesday.  Kim couldn't work out much in December because of a busy schedule and is about 7-8kg off heavier than his ideal weight.  He plans to start up his training in Japan on the 8th.

Hiroshima Carp

...Takuro Ishii held his first practice session of 2010 on Tuesday.  Ishii is preparing for his 22nd pro season.

Akihiro Higashide also worked out for the first time this year on Tuesday.  Higashide plans on heading out to Okinawa on the 13th for training.

Rakuten Eagles

...Marty Brown touched down in Sendai on Tuesday.  He plans on getting to work on the 7th.

Seibu Lions

...Yoshihito Ishii opened his 2010 training at Seibu 2 Stadium in Saitama with some catch, followed by some weight lifting.  Ishii plans on working out at former WBA Super Flyweight Champion Katsuya Onizuka's gym later this month.

Softbank Hawks

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka and a number of other players including Nobuhiro Matsuda, headed out for training in Guam on Tuesday.

...Kazumi Saito took off for the US on Tuesday.  He'll be working out with other players like Hiroki Kokubo.

Yakult Swallows

...Kazuki Fukuchi worked out for the first time in 2010 on Tuesday.  He has his eyes set on stealing 50 bases and leading the league in stolen bases three years in a row.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa held his first practice session of 2010 on Tuesday; he worked out for about 8 hours.  Uchikawa has his eyes set on 200 hits this season.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants are thinking about having their Ikusei players compete in a number of Industrial League tournaments this year (or rather a team that includes some of their Ikusei players).

The Chiba Lotte Marines and the Giants pooled their young players and Ikusei players together last season to form a team called Sirius.  The team played 22 games against Independent League teams.

The Giants are planning on expanding the number of teams involved in Sirius to more than just the Marines.

...As mentioned earlier Tuesday, Masahide Kobayashi was at the Giants' training facilities in Kawasaki on Tuesday for his first work out of 2010.  He lifted weights for about an hour and a half and then ran for about 2 hours.


...The NPB announced the addition of two new umpires Tuesday: Yoshitaka Ogura (sp?) and Tatsuro Kobayashi.