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Around the NPB Horn: Yoshiyuki Kamei working on strengthening his wrists

by on Jan.12, 2010 @ 11:02 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Shoitsu Ohmatsu worked out with Yomiuri Giant Yoshinobu Takahashi on Monday.  He wanted to get some advice from the veteran and even videotaped him taking batting practice.

Ohmatsu has been working out with Nippon Ham Fighters Masanori Hayashi and Keisaku Itokazu in Okinawa.

Hanshin Tigers

...Kodai Sakurai made an appearance at a charity auction on Monday and told fans that he managed to lose 5kg while keeping his body fat at 12%.

Sakurai will begin training in Okinawa on the 12.

...Akinobu Mayumi's happy that Kenji Johjima has been working so hard in Sasebo, but he also wants him to be careful about pushing himself too hard and getting injured.

...Hirotaka Egusa is currently working out in Mie prefecture.

...The Tigers held a charity auction on the 11thAkihiro Yano's home and road uniforms both went for 400,000 yen each; and his catcher's glove went for 190,000 yen.

In total, the auction netted 3,287,500 yen on Monday.  All the money will be donated to the city of Amagasaki to help orphaned children.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Sho Nakata skipped out on his coming-of-age ceremony on Monday in order to continue his training with Chiba Lotte Marine Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Orix Buffaloes

...Mamoru Kishida was a guest on MBS Radio's Kametomo Spots Man day (かめ友 Sports Manday) on Monday and told listeners that his goal in 2010 was to record double-digit wins.

...Akinobu Okada plans on going to the Okinawa training grounds a day early in order to check out the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun playing / training facilities.

Softbank Hawks

...Munenori Kawasaki told reporters that he may set up a suggestion box in order to make it easier for younger players to voice their opinions.

Yakult Swallows

...Yoshinori Sato will be flying out to Arizona today.  He will likely be training at Athletes' Performance and may spend some time working out with Daisuke Matszuaka.  Seems Sato wants to ask Matsuzaka about what he eats and how to strengthen his trunk muscles.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Hayato Terahara is looking forward to facing his old battery mate,  Kenji Johjima.  He told reporters that he plans on attacking the inside corner against Johjima.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshiyuki Kamei told reporters on Monday that he wants to hit more home runs to the opposite field.  To that end, he's currently working on strengthening his wrist by taking soft toss BP using just his right hand.

Last season, of the 25 home runs Kamei hit, only 1 was to the opposite field.

...Shinnosuke Abe plans on making a couple of suggestions to Tatsunori Hara on how training might be improved.  For example, instead of requiring everyone to take an early morning walk, Hara could make it an option of either taking a walk or starting workouts a little early.

...Takahiko Nomaguchi's theme for 2010 is a return to square one.  To that end, he's also tweaking his delivery.