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Chiba Lotte Marines: Makoto Imaoka confindent about making team

by on Feb.01, 2010 @ 1:28 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== UPDATE 11:46pm JST

...Makoto Imaoka began his tryout with the Marines on Monday.  He told reporters that if he doesn't make the team, he'll retire.  Imaoka apparently showed good movement at third base during fielding practice and made good contact during batting practice.  The team will likely make a decision on Imaoka by the 4th.

Tadahito Iguchi would like to see Imaoka make the team.  The two were teammates on the 1996 Olympic team and were rivals in the Tohto University Baseball League.

...Tae-Gyun Kim wasn't too happy about his batting practice.  He told reporters that he felt unbalanced while taking his swings.

=== UPDATE 6:39pm JST

...The first day of Spring camp started with a morning walk and some exercises.  After returning to the stadium, they held an opening ceremony, which was interrupted by rain.  The first day of camp began with training indoors.

=== UPDATE 2/1/2010 1:28pm JST

...A number of players, including Tadahito Iguchi, Naotaka Takehara, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, started their day at a little after 8am.

The opening ceremony that was set for 9:30 was canceled after a sudden downpour.  The first day of Spring camp began with indoor training.

...Makoto Imaoka more or less has a spot on the roster, but needs to show that he really does belong during his tryouts.  In fact, it doesn't seem like the team will make him do anything special during his tryouts.  Instead he'll just mix in with the rest of the team.  The team also appears to have the number 2 ready for Imaoka.

On Sunday, after spending time on some training, he reported to a general team meeting.

Imaoka told reporters that he wants to join the team to help them become champions.  He also said that if he didn't think he could still play, he wouldn't be in Okinawa vying for a spot to play.