Chiba Lotte Marines
...Tadahito Iguchi hit the batting cages during practice yesterday for the first time in 3 months.
...Akihiro Yano appeared at a fan event in Osaka and told everyone that he expects to be fully ready for the start of Spring camp.
...Takashi Toritani's goals for 2010: to hold onto the third spot in the lineup and to collect 169 hits to reach 1,000 for his career.
Toritani is currently working out with Chiba Lotte Marine Tadahito Iguchi in Okinawa.
...Tomonori Maeda worked out for about 7 hours yesterday. Maeda believes that the only way for him to make the team is to become a role player (specifically a pinch-hitter) off the bench.
...Takeshi Yamasaki plans on running 30km a day as part of his Hawaii training program. He would also like to try and get his weight closer to (or under) 100kg. Yamasaki currently weighs about 109kg.
...Marty Brown is planning on putting together a file for each player on the Eagles. The file will contain things Brown picked up while watching footage of players, as well as any other pertinent information he can find.
...Shinnosuke Abe may have held his first practice of the year on Thursday, but he's been working out since the start of 2010. On the 5th, after playing a round of golf, Abe did some running around Tokyo Disneyland for about 40 minutes.
...Hayato Sakamoto's goals for 2010: to bat .300, to hit 20 homers, to steal 20 bases, and the play in every inning of every game. He also plans on trying to learn more from Michihiro Ogasawara by watching him practice / play this year (like taking one-handed soft-toss batting practice).
...Tatsunori Hara has decided to change the team's 2010 slogan just a bit. Instead of Show the spirit: ishin (Show the spirit: 維新), he's thinking about going with Show the spirit: genten (Show the spirit: 原点).
The difference, of course, is the subtitle. Ishin basically means recapturing or restoring something while genten is a return to basics, or a return to the beginning.