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Around the NPB Horn: Munenori Kawasaki works out with Ichiro at Skymark Stadium

by on Jan.20, 2010 @ 2:25 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Yoshihisa Naruse really wants to lead the league in wins this season.  He also told reporters that he's feeling as good as he's ever felt since joining the pros.

Hanshin Tigers

...Kentaro Sekimoto opened his training up to reporters on Tuesday.  He told reporters that he's gunning for double-digit home runs in 2010.  And to that end, he's aiming to take 10,000 swings of the bat over the span of his personal workouts.  On Tuesday, he took about 400 swings of the bat during soft toss BP and BP in the cages.

Seibu Lions

...Yoshihito Ishii worked out with the rookies at Seibu 2 Stadium on Tuesday.

It seems his training at former WBA Super Flyweight Champion Katsuya Onizuka's gym is already paying off (it lasted for about a week and ended on the 16th) -- he told reporters after practice that he didn't feel as winded after practice as he used to.

Softbank Hawks

...Munenori Kawasaki worked out with Ichiro at Skymark Stadium for about 2 hours on Tuesday.  Seems they kept things fun and light: they competed on the number of homers they could hit during BP and they played catch at distances of about 100 meters.

...The Hawks held a 3-hour staff meeting on Tuesday to discuss the training menus for Spring camp.  They also went over how they plan on splitting the team into two groups (A and B, or effectively Ichi-gun and Ni-gun).

They also decided that Kazumi Saito would begin the season with group B at Spring camp.  The final grouping will be decided and announced later this month.


...About 300 people attended Shigeru Kobayashi's wake on Tuesday.