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Draft News and Notes: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo doesn’t really care about Kikuchi

by on Jan.09, 2010 @ 3:47 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

...Kenji Tomura worked out in front of reporters on Friday.  He did some running and played some catch from a distance of about 40 meters.  It was the first time he picked up and threw a ball this year.

Tomura is looking forward to the day he can wear a Rakuten uniform.

Seibu Lions

...Yusei Kikuchi and the team's other five 2009 draft prospects held a morning practice session on Friday.  They worked out for about 2 hours.  (Kikuchi played a game of catch: 106 throws.)

...Nippon Cultural Broadcasting has assigned two female reporters to cover Kikuchi: Ai Handa and Kaori Arima.

...Yonex apparently sent Kikuchi some training apparel (about 80 items) after he asked if he could wear their clothes.  While Yonex is a fairly visible in golf and badminton, it doesn't have much of a presence in baseball.

...Seems the Lions are now leaning towards entering Kikuchi's name in the registry as "Yusei" instead of "Yusei Kikuchi."  They apparently think "Yuisei" has more of an impact and is easier to remember and say.

Softbank Hawks

...Kenta Imamiya checked into his dorm room on Friday.  He told reporters again how he considers Kikuchi a lifelong rival.  Imamiya also plans to study footage of him batting against Kikuchi during the 2009 Spring and Summer Koshien tournaments.

Hawks' rookie mini-camp begin on the 9th.

Yakult Swallows

...Masato Nakazawa moved into the player dorms on Friday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Yoshitomo Tsutsugo apparently has no interest in Seibu Lion Yusei Kikuchi.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hisayoshi Chono and the other eight newly drafted players worked out at the Kawasaki training grounds on Friday.  Their 4-hour workout included running, playing catch, taking fielding practice, and soft toss BP.  As the "oldest" rookie of the group, Chono took the lead during most of the exercising.

2010 Draft

...Six clubs (Tigers, Swallows, Giants, Marines, Eagles, and Hawks) sent 8  scouts to watch Hosei University's first practice of the year on Thursday.  They all have their eyes on right-handed pitcher Kisho Kagami.