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Kei Igawa gets invite to Yankees’ Spring Training again this year

by on Jan.25, 2010 @ 10:56 pm, under MLB

Toshihisa Nishi continues to workout in Yokohama.  On Monday, he told reporters that he hasn't received any offers and that he's prepared to retire if nothing new develops by early April.


Hisanori Takahashi worked out for 4 hours on Monday.  He played catch at a distance of about 90 meters and told reporters that he's close to being ready to toss a bullpen session. Takahashi will continue working out in Japan through to the end of the month and will then fly to the US to continue his training there.


On Sunday, Kei Igawa held a baseball clinic in his home town of Oharai, Ibaraki.  He also opened up his training to the media and told reporters that he was invited to Spring Training by the Yanks again this year.

Igawa is hoping to make the MLB roster this year.


Umpire Takeshi Hirabayashi gave a lecture on Sunday about his journey towards becoming an MLB umpire -- he's currently working the field as an ump in the Pacific Coast League.

Hirabayashi wants to become the first Japanese umpire to make it to the MLB.