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Around the NPB Horn: One more day until Spring camp

by on Jan.31, 2010 @ 1:29 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Seems the coaches are picking up a different vibe from Tsuyoshi Nishioka this season.

Hanshin Tigers

...Akinobu Mayumi arrived in Okinawa on Saturday.  Mayumi is looking forward to seeing his new foreign players.  With a year under his belt, he's also feeling better prepared this year.

...Minoru Iwata held a bullpen session on Saturday and threw 20 pitches, including some off-speed pitches.

...The Tigers mini camp ended on Saturday.

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp closed out their joint mini camp in Okinawa on Saturday.  For their final day, all the players held a 3.2km race, after which the pitchers took turns throwing bullpen sessions and the fielders took BP.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Buddy Carlyle arrived in Japan on Saturday.  Carlyle told reporters that he has matured since his last stint in the NPB (2001-2001) and is ready to prove that he can play in Japan.  Bobby Keppel also arrived on Saturday.

...Yu Darvish, Atsunori Inaba, and a number of other Fighters, closed out their training on Saturday.

Orix Buffaloes

...Akinobu Okada dropped by the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun practice grounds in Okinawa on Saturday to check on the progress the players are making.  He also spent about an hour watching pitchers throw in the bullpen.

...Satoshi Komatsu held a bullpen session on Saturday and threw 101 pitches (a higher for the off-season this year).

Softbank Hawks

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka will begin the year with Group B Spring camp.  That will allow him to prepare at his own pace and join Group A when he's ready.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...After their press conference, Terrmel Sledge, Jose Castillo, and Chris Bootcheck were introduced to players working out in Yokosuke.   The three then joined the team for workouts.

Castillo told reporters he was at about 85% and would need 3-4 more days in order to hit 100%.

Yomiuri Giants

...Tetsuya Matsumoto isn't going to let his ROY award get to his head, nor will Tatsunori Hara allow it as he was apparently told him not to expect an automatic Ichi-gun start unless he proves he was worthy.  The 2009 poster boy for Ikusei players will be working hard to secure a starting job in center field.

...Dicky Gonzalez arrived in Japan on Saturday.  He told reporters he's ready to pitch whenever Hara asks him to.  When asked if he would take batting practice, he smiled and said that he would not and would instead focus on his primary job of being a pitcher.

...New coach Takuya Kimura won't be joining the Giants at Spring camp until a couple days after it starts due to a previous engagement.  He told reporters that he's having a tough time adjusting after retiring at the end of the 2009 season and recalled when he whiffed three times while trying to hit grounders to kids at a baseball clinic.