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Orix Buffaloes: First day begins with rain

by on Feb.01, 2010 @ 1:45 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== UPDATE 11:55pm JST

...Akinobu Okada seemed pleased with how players showed up at Spring camp.

...16 pitchers (excluding Mamoru Kishida and Jon Leicester) threw bullpen sessions on Monday.

...The Buffaloes  announced that Kazuo Yamaguchi officially joined the domestic scouting department on Monday.

=== UPDATE 2/1/2010 1:45pm JST

...The players arrived at the stadium a little after 10am.  The opening ceremonies were canceled due to the rain (it apparently started the minute the team arrived and entered the stadium).  Instead, the team held a mini ceremony with a handful of people.  Amongst some of the things the team received from Miyako City: 20kg of Miyako beef, beer, and about 100kg of bitter melon (ゴーヤ).

The first day of Spring camp began with indoor training.

...Akinobu Okada held a team meeting on Sunday and said that he doesn't want players to worry about what others are thinking and just focus on improving themselves -- to be fully satisfied with what they're doing.  He also told his players not to place too much focus on the little things but rather try and look at the bigger picture.

...So Taguchi also spoke at the meeting and introduced himself to everyone again.  He also apparently told everyone to follow his lead.