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Chunichi Dragons: Ochiai – let the players take responsibility for themselves

by on Feb.01, 2010 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Masahiro Araki continues to work on his conversion to short.  On Monday, he spent over an hour taking grounders under the watchful eyes of a coach.

Masahiko Morino also took grounders for about an hour.  He finished the 2009 season with 25 errors.

...Masahiro Yamamoto tossed a 50-pitch bullpen session on Monday and told reporters that he still needed a lot of work.

...Hiromitsu Ochiai doesn't plan on hitting any grounders during Spring camp this year and will let the coaches worry about that.

At a team meeting on Sunday, he told his players that he wanted them to take full responsibility of their own training.  After the 30-minute meeting, he spoke to reporters and said that didn't want to have to tell players what to do and that each player should find things they need to work on.

The hope here, of course, is that the good players will do what it takes and end up on the Ichi-gun roster.

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