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Around the NPB Horn: Marc Kroon arrives in Japan

by on Jan.22, 2010 @ 1:53 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Masahiro Yamamoto tossed a 60-pitch bullpen session at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He's currently set to start the season at ichi-gun Spring camp.

...Kazuki Yoshimi opened up his training at the Toyota Sports Center to the media on Thursday.  His 2-hour workout included playing some catch and running.

Orix Buffalo Chihiro Kaneko was also there working out with Yoshimi.

Rakuten Eagles

...Takeshi Yamasaki will likely start the season at Ni-gun training camp.

...The Eagles economic impact for Miyagi Prefecture rose 3.7B yen to 16.2B yen for 2010.

Miyagi Prefecture announced that in 2009, the Eagles had a direct economic impact of about 9.3B yen (ticket sales, transportation, merchandising) and a ripple down effect of about 6.2B yen (various industries).  The 1st stage of the Climax Series alone resulted in an economic impact of about 650M yen.

Seibu Lions

...Kazuhisa Ishii and Takayuki Kishi opened up their training at the Jingu indoor training facilities to the media on Thursday.  Their workouts included running, fielding, and soccer.  Both were also able to play catch at distances of 60 meters.

When Ishii was told that Kikuchi applied for a correspondence course to get a teaching certificate, Ishii smiled back and said that perhaps he should look into taking a correspondence course in order to be a "vegetable sommelier."

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks announced on Thursday that two coaches from the Doosan Bears, Myung Chul Kwon (権明哲) and Sang Ryul Chun (全商烈), will be working with their Ni-gun team for the month of February.  This is part of a international exchange program geared towards helping pass on baseball knowledge.

...The Hawks also announced the following staffing changes:

Shuichi Yamakawa - Ni-gun > Ichi-gun conditioning coach
Shingo Kan - New > Ichi-gun conditioning coach
Takashi Kawamura - Ichi-gun > Ni-gun conditioning coach

Yomiuri Giants

...Marc Kroon arrived in Japan on Thursday.  He underwent surgery on his right elbow last December and has yet to throw a ball.  Kroon told reporters that while he won't be rushing himself, he'll also be working towards making sure he's ready for the start of the regular season.

...Tatsunori Hara visited Tokai University's Shonan Campus on Thursday to give a lecture.  About 2,000 people packed (it was a full house) the auditorium to listen to Hara.  Some of those 2,000 people waited in line for four and a half hours in order to see the lecture.