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Draft News and Notes: Futagami and Fujihara set to start year at Tigers’ Ichi-gun Spring camp

by on Jan.22, 2010 @ 1:33 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...1st round draft pick Kazuhito Futagami and 2nd round draft pick Masanori Fujihara will likely start their years at Ichi-gun Spring camp.

Orix Buffaloes

...1st round draft pick Shuichi Furukawa, 2nd round draft pick Motoki Higa, and 5th round draft pick Toru Anan will likely be starting the season at Ichi-gun camp.

Rakuten Eagles

...Kenji Tomura held his first bullpen session at the indoor practice facilities at Kleenex Stadium on Thursday.  He tossed 30 pitches.

Yakult Swallows

...1st round draft pick Masato Nakazawa, 2nd round draft pick Tetsuya Yamamoto, 3rd draft pick Takahiro Araki, and 5th round draft Jun Matsui will likely start the year at Ichi-gun Spring camp.

Yomiuri Giants

...Sanspo is carrying an interview with Hisayoshi Chono.  Of particular interest, is the section where he talks about turning down the Nippon Ham Fighters and the Chiba Lotte Marines.

You were selected in the fourth round by the Nippon Ham Fighters out of college and were selected in the 2nd round by the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2008.  You turned both down.  But it seems you really had a rough time deciding the second time around...

Because I turned two teams down, I thought I might not be able to play baseball anymore.  And I'm sure people who were watching me were probably thinking, "what the heck are you doing?!"  I definitely didn't like the idea of people thinking about me like that, but I had already turned down the Fighters beforehand, and when I was selected by the Marines, I just couldn't get myself to say yes.  [Honda] also told me that I should do what I felt was best, so in the end I thought things through and made the decision myself.

Turning down a team a second time would certainly seem to make things more difficult for you...

I was prepared for that.  I made the decision knowing the risks.  And the Giants did end up drafting me.  Now I just need to work on making sure they don't regret selecting me.