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Junji Ogawa signs a 2-year deal with the Swallows

by on Oct.12, 2010 @ 11:12 pm, under NPB

The Yakult Swallows officially signed Junji Ogawa to a 2-year deal earlier today.  He will also continue to wear the number 80 next season.  Ogawa also filed his report for the 2011 with the team owner.

On Monday, Ogawa told reporters that he plans on having players focus on base-running and fielding practice (and not on playing actual games) during Fall camp (which begins on 11/4).  He's also apparently hoping to bring the running game back in 2011.

UPDATE (10/13/2010): Ogawa has three things he'd like to do for Fall practice:

  1. Bring back evening practices.  The team will break for dinner and then return to practicing afterward.
  2. Give players a "secondary position" to work on.
  3. Work on getting players to have a better "feel" for the game.