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Hideki Matsui, Hisanori Takahashi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideo Nomo

by on Feb.15, 2010 @ 6:02 pm, under MLB

Hideki Matsui took off for the US on Monday.  He told reporters he was looking forward to his first year with a new team.  He also said that other than his knees, his training in Japan went according to plan.  Matsui would like to remove knees from the equation little by little over the course of the upcoming season.  He also appeared to take a slight step back when asked about taking fielding practice, saying that it would depend on how he was feeling.

Matsui will spend a few days in NY before flying out to Arizona.

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Hisanori Takahashi has already run into a few rough patches.  He wanted to practice on the 13th but had no one to practice with (he didn't realize that all minor league players and coaches had the day off on Sunday).  A training partner was apparently dispatched for him (1 out of over 10 people that were contacted by the team and agreed to help out).  Unfortunately for Takahashi, his training partner arrived 40 minutes late and was a 50-year-old man that wasn't in the greatest of shape.  It also happened to be much colder than he was expecting.

But Takahashi is taking things in stride and said that he knew there would be some tough times.  He was only able to throw about 38 pitches.

Takahashi was impressed with the training facilities though.

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A day after complaining of tightness in his back, Daisuke Matsuzaka spent about 3 hours lifting weights on the 13th.  He told reporters afterward that everything is normal as usual.

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Nikkan Sports makes mention of the following article at MLB.com highlighting the candidates for the 2014 Hall of Fame class:

Bauman: Hall class of 2014 crowded
Better a glut of candidates than a dearth of candidates for Cooperstown, but with the retirements of Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, an already strong class of candidates became even more competitive than expected. The eligible first-time candidates for 2014 also include Greg Maddux, Jeff Kent and Mike Mussina.

*snip*

It is too early to tell that, but what can be safely predicted is that there won't be immediate room for all five of these players in Cooperstown. And apart from these five, there will be other notable candidates on the ballot, such as Luis Gonzalez, Moises Alou and Hideo Nomo. The bywords for this election could become "maybe later," or more generously, "probably later."

Yes.  The reason why Nikkan Sports mentioned the article is because Nomo will also be on the ballot.