The Orix Buffaloes' fall practice session got underway today (10/9) in Kobe. Players like Chihiro Kaneko, So Taguchi, and Hirotoshi Kitagawa took part in the practice.
The players also started working with the new baseball that will be using beginning next season. Pitching coach Hiroshi Kobashi told reporters that the ball felt lighter, smaller, and seemed to have stitching that didn't protrude quite as much. He also added that many players found the ball easier to throw.