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Around the NPB Horn: Marty Brown celebrated his 47th birthday with some Sumo

by on Jan.24, 2010 @ 6:57 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Masahiro Araki is currently working on his conversion from second to short.  To that end, he's also hoping to take part in a few practice games during Spring camp.

Hanshin Tigers

...Sanspo is carrying an interview with Randy Messenger.  In it, they talk about a number of different things.  I've gone ahead and taken two sections I thought might be of interest.

How's training coming along?

I'm don't remember the exact date, but I started throwing on a mound in December.  I tossed my fourth session on [January] 20th.  I think I managed to throw about 50 pitches.

In 2005 Kei Igawa appeared in 80 games. In 2007, Tomoyuki Kubota appeared in 90 games.

Even though I've never played in 80-90 games, I feel confident that I can do it.  And if [Kubota] appeared in 90 games, it must have been because he was used in games where there was a chance to win.  And that's what I'm hoping will happen to me.  I want to play in games that are on the line.  I'm more than happy to make a lot of appearances or throw in consecutive games.  Whatever the manager wants me to do, I'll do it.

Rakuten Eagles

...Tsuyoshi Kawagishi is currently working out at Sendai University.  He's taking advantage of a special room that allows athletes to train in high altitude conditions.

...Marty Brown celebrated his 47th birthday on Saturday.  The Eagles gave Brown tickets to a sumo match for his birthday present.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Tasuku Hashimoto began his workouts at 11am on Saturday.  He started things off with some running and soft-toss BP before practicing his throws from home to second.  Hashimoto told reporters that he while he doesn't have a great arm, he feels confident that he can throw batters out if he works with the pitchers.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshiyuki Kamei worked out at Giants Stadium in Kawasaki for about 4 hours on Saturday.  His training included playing catch and soft toss BP.  While Kamei did play some first last season, he has his sights set on being an outfielder.

In addition to playing the outfield, Kamei's goal for 2010 includes hitting the ball to the opposite field with more authority and getting on base more.

Kamei had been in Okinawa until the 20th and took two days off before resuming his training on Saturday.

...Shinnosuke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto returned from their training in Guam on Saturday.

...Daisuke Ochi and Soichi Fujita decided to include some karate in their training.  They attended their first less on Saturday.