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Around the NPB Horn: Base coaches to wear helmets

by on Jan.14, 2010 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons were relieved to hear that all 6 of their players in the Dominican Republic, including Tony Blanco, were fine after the big earthquake that hit Haiti.

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp will be adding more "large group" seating areas to Mazda Stadium, including more spaces for people in wheelchairs.  You can find more details (in Japanese) at the Carp website.

Yakult Swallows

...Masanori Ishikawa started working out with Masahiro Yamamoto on the 10th at a gym in Tottori called World Wing.  They opened up their training to reporters on Thursday.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Takahiro Saeki opened his training up to the media on Thursday at Yokohama Stadium.  He started things up at 10am on the field and began with running and stairs.  He then moved to the indoor training facilities for BP and fielding practice.

Saeki is the oldest player on the roster; he turns 40 in April.

Yomiuri Giants

...Team owner Takuo Takihana told reporters that the Giants are still looking for that "star" player.

...Shun Tono is tweaking his delivery.  He's also thinking about going with a no-windup delivery.

...Hayato Sakamoto worked out for about 3 hours on Thursday.  His training included soft-toss BP, trunk muscle exercises, and sprints.


...Similar to the Majors, the NPB has decided to make helmets a requirement for first and third base coaches this season.

They also passed a rule that will bar ambidextrous pitchers from switching throwing hands mid-at bat (unless there's an injury).

Both rules go into effect from the start of the exhibition game season.

...The All Japan University Baseball Federation informed the NPB that it wants to hold the University vs Pro game on July 26th.  Seems the NPB wants to have the game on the 27th.

The NPB will discuss a discussion of when to play the game during their next executive committee meeting on the 19th.

The Japan Student Baseball Association still also needs to make changes to their charter that will allow college players to participate in games against pro players.  The necessary changes will be discussed at a committee meeting on 2/24.