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Draft News and Notes: Giants’ owner Takihana likes what he sees in Yuki Saito

by on Jan.07, 2010 @ 3:03 pm, under College

Hanshin Tigers

...Shunsuke Fujikawa is eating 5-6 meals a day in order to increase his weight.  He apparently lost about 5kg back when he was still trying to work out whether or not he wanted to turn pro after being drafted in the 5th round.  Fujikawa is now about 2kg off his target weight of 71kg.

Seibu Lions

...Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to move into the Lions' player dorms some time today.  The Lions plan on beefing up security in case a lot of fans show up.

Yakult Swallows

...Tetsuya Yamamoto moved into the player dorms on Wednesday, along with a bottle of Dom.  The Dom was apparently a gift from friends.  Yamamoto plans on saving the bottle for when he makes it.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Kota Kobayashi loves his J-Pop idols.  He moved into his dorm on Wednesday with 300 music CDs in tow.

Yomiuri Giants

...Masato Kiyashiki apparently loves the PawaPuro baseball series and can't wait until he's able to play himself.

...Masumi Hoshino arrived at the Giants' player dorms on Wednesday wearing casual street clothes and was apparently scolded by the dorm super that he should have worn a suit instead.

...Hisayoshi Chono got an "Ichi-gun player dorm room." These dorm rooms include a bathroom and are on the second floor.  First year players hardly ever get assigned one of these rooms.

2010 Draft

...Yomiuri Giants' owner Takuo Takihana thinks the team needs a superstar player and feels Yuki Saito would fit that bill.

...Four clubs (Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Hanshin Tigers, and the Softbank Hawks) were on hand to watch Masaki Minami work out for about 2 hours on Wednesday.

...Hirokazu Sawamura doesn't have a problem with being drafted by any of the 12 NPB clubs.

...Two clubs sent three scouts to watch Keio University's first practice session of the year on Wednesday.  Keio's practice ended with a 5-km run, 500 practice swings, and some sumo wrestling.