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Yomiuri Giants: Day Off / Another fine for Sakamoto?

by on Feb.05, 2010 @ 9:39 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 9:39pm JST

...Micheal Nakamura spent his day off playing golf with other players like Seth Geisinger.

...Takahiro Suzuki spent about an hour in the batting cages on his day off, swinging the bat over 300 times.

...Hisayoshi Chono burned some of his hair during a PR photo shoot for Miyazaki grilled chicken on his day off.

...The Giants' rookies took a class in "Media Training," or how players learn to deal with / handle the media.  The class was taught by a former TV announcer and lasted about 3 hours.

...Seems Alex Ramirez has sort of become Edgar Gonzalez's personal coach.

...Ikusei players Atsushi Fukumoto and Kazunao Yamamoto worked on their hitting during their off-day on Friday.  They spent about 2 hours hitting soft toss BP and working in the cages.

...Keisuke Sato also practiced on his day off Friday.  He worked out for about an hour, starting from 7:30 am, doing things like throwing into a net and playing catch.

=== 2/5/2010 9:39am JST

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi held a bullpen session on Thursday and threw 57 pitches, all with Abe Shinnosuke behind the plate.  Unlike his session on Wednesday, Yamaguchi had his control again.

...Dicky Gonzalez tossed about 50 pitches (including his slider and change) during his first bullpen session of Spring camp on Thursday.

...Kyohei Tsuchimoto held his third bullpen session on Thursday and tossed 58 pitches (12 of which were forks).  Abe caught Tsuchimoto for the first time and raved about the rookie, saying that he could become a pitcher like Chunichi Dragon Takuya Asao.

...Yoshinobu Takahashi worked at first base doing infield drills on Thursday.  Seems he was fairly quick on his feet and impressed the coaches.  Tatsunori Hara is a little worried about Takahashi working too hard and allowed him to skip batting practice on Wednesday.

...Hara likes what he sees in both Hisayoshi Chono and Taishi Ohta.  He just hopes they don't get too caught up on the results and let that hinder their development.  At this point, Chono and Ohta will likely remain on the Ichi-gun roster in order to get some playing time during some of the exhibition games.

...Hayato Sakamoto might be in for another fine -- he apparently didn't cross one of the designated checkpoints between 7:00am and 7:10am during Thursday's morning walk.  Sakamoto's reason for not passing the checkpoint in time?  He walked the course in the opposite direction.