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Rakuten Eagles: No more nicknames at Ni-gun, it’s all about formality

by on Feb.19, 2010 @ 4:39 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 10:21pm JST

...Notes from Friday's intra-squad practice game:

Juan Morillo hit 155km/h on the radar gun during his outing in the 7th inning.

Kohei Hasebe tossed an inning in relief and faced 4 batters (no runs, 1 hit).

Koji Aoyama started and went 3 innings while giving up an unearned run on 1 hit.

Jin Nakatani hit a 2-run homer off Hideki Asai.

Yusuke Kusuki also hit a 2-run homer.  His came off Hiroshi Katayama in the 5th with a runner on second and 2 out.  Kusuki struck out in his next at bat in the 7th against Morillo.

=== 2/19/2010 4:39pm JST

...The Eagles have apparently placed a ban on coaches using nicknames.  Reason: Ni-gun manager Toru Nimura apparently doesn't want his coaches getting too friendly with the players.  Players will also be required to formally address the manger, the coaches, and the trainers (Nimura-kantoku for the manager, last name + coach for coaches, and last name + sensei for trainers).

At Ichi-gun, Marty Brown has decided to give reporters covering the Eagles nicknames.  He has already given a few out: to a reporter that used to cover golf last year = Tiger; and to a reporter that used to cover the Dragons = Ochiai.

Incidentally, some nicknames for Eagles' players: Ma-kun for Masahiro Tanaka; Mame for Masato Nakamura; Shapa for Toshiya Nakashima; Tom for Kenji Tomura; and Jay for Akihito Fujii.

...Darrell Rasner wears a short-sleeved shirt on a cold day 14°C (57°F) and makes the headlines for it.