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Around the NPB Horn: Osaka TV studios to introduce a Johjima Cam?

by on Jan.24, 2010 @ 5:00 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Yasuhiko Yabuta, Shingo Ono, and Yusuke Kasawaki made appearances at a BIC Camera store in Kashiwa, Chiba on Sunday.

Hanshin Tigers

...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi has added biking to his menu this year and has ridden a total 1,000km so far.  He rode his bike about 60km (3 hours) every day while working out in Okinawa.  And overall, he usually rides his bike 3-4 times a week (3 hours a session).  At the pace he's currently riding at, he'll likely hit 1,200km before Spring camp.

...Some of the Osaka TV stations are thinking about adding an extra camera to their crew so that they can provide better coverage of Kenji Johjima.

Both ABC TV (2/13 vs Nippon Ham Fighters) and Mainichi TV (2/14 vs Nippon Ham Fighters) are thinking about installing a Johjima cam in case he makes what could be his first start in a Tigers' uniform.

Kansai TV's coverage of two exhibition games against the Buffaloes on the 2/27 and 2/28 could include a Johjima cam beyond the outfield walls.

Hiroshima Carp

...Carp owner Hajime Matsuda dropped by joint mini camp on Saturday and liked what he saw.  He came away from the practice feeling positive and told reporters he thought the team had built up a good atmosphere.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Ni-gun pitching coach Takeshi Shimazaki will likely be promoted to Ichi-gun pitching coach with BP pitcher Hiroyuki Sekine sliding into the Ni-gun pitching coach role.

...Tomochika Tsuboi opened up his training to reporters on Saturday; he worked out for about two hours.

Tsuboi is currently working out with Ichiro.  The two will likely work out together until the 25th.

...The Fighters' front office is worried that their new foreign players will push themselves too hard during Spring camp and wants them to take things a little easy.  Ryan Wing apparently went through something similar last year when he pushed himself too hard during Spring camp and ended up hurting his left shoulder.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes held a press conference for Aarom Baldiris on Sunday at Skymark Stadium.  Baldiris told reports the he was ready to do whatever it takes to help the team win.

Rakuten Eagles

...Katsuya Nomura made an appearance at an LDP Convention on Sunday.  In a speech during the convention, he threw some criticism at the LDP for taking things too easy during the last elections.

He also spoke about how he still can't understand why he was let go by the Eagles at the end of the 2009 season.  (My goodness, let it go already.)

...About 250 fans showed up for a fan event on Sunday featuring Teppei as the main guest.

Softbank Hawks

...Nagisa Arakaki is no longer thinking about being the opening day pitcher.  Instead, he's focused on the 2010 season as a whole.  Arakaki will likely hold a bullpen session sometime on or after the 25th (he was originally supposed to hold one on the 23rd).  He told reporters that he'd like to throw at least once or twice before Spring camp.

...Takahiro Mahara, speaking at a fan event held in his name, told fans that his arm is feeling fine and that he's ready to pitch as often as necessary, even in 3 or more consecutive games.  Last season Mahara tossed in three back-to-back games just once.

Mahara has twice pitched in four consecutive games in his career: once in 2007 and once in 2008.

...Hidenori Tanoue has added some gymnastics to his training menu this year.

trampoline - to strengthen his legs and lower back / hips

floor exercises - for flexibility

rings - to strengthen the arms

Yakult Swallows

...Jamie D'Antona arrived in Japan on Saturday.  D'Antona has spent the last three weeks or so training in Arizona and is ready to go through the same training menu as the rest of the team during Spring camp (he worked out separate from the team last Spring).

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa held an engagement party with his fiance, Tsubasa Nagano, on Saturday.  In a prepared statement, Uchikawa mentioned that he can now focus on the upcoming season.

The two will begin their married life together once Spring camp ends.

Yomiuri Giants

...Tetsuya Ustumi told reporters that he plans to throw as much as possible during the upcoming joint mini camp that begins on the 27th in Miyazaki.

...Hayato Sakamoto plans on using a slightly heavier bat (935 grams, about 20 grams more) during Spring camp.  When he worked out in Guam, Sakamoto took soft toss BP with a 1kg training bat.  He's hoping that working with the heavy bats will translate into more power during the season.

Sakamoto will like use a 915 gram Yoshinobu Takahashi model bat during the regular season (the same one he used last year).

...Ryuichi Kajimae not only had his bats stolen out of his car the other day, but also cleats as well.  Since then, he's been using older model or sample gear during practice.  Kajimae worked out for 2 hours on Saturday.

...Sounds as if Ni-gun Spring camp will be hell during the first couple of weeks.    The current plan is to have players run through their regular training as usual.  After that, there's the obligatory, "stay after and practice some more" training.  And while training stopped there last season for a 2-hour break, it seems they'll run right into night training (2 hours worth).  All told, players could end up working out for about 10 hours straight, from 9:30am to about 7pm in the evening.