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2010 Draft News and Notes: October 31,2010

by on Oct.31, 2010 @ 6:42 pm, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

Shota Nakazaki dropped by Carp fall camp in Nichinan.  After finishing his own practice at Nichinan Gakuen High School, Nakazaki rode his bike for 30 minutes to the Carp fall camp grounds and watched them practice from the stands.  Said Nakazaki, "I think [watching] will help my own practice sessions.  Everything is different from high school baseball."

Yakult Swallows

Koki Kitano (Ikusei 1st round) wants to emulate Norichika Aoki -- he wants to get on base by beating out grounders.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are apparently planning on hiring a personal security guard to help protect Yuki Saito (1st round), not only during spring camp, but also during home games at Sapporo Dome.  Players like Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2004) and Sho Nakata (2008) had personal security guards following them around during their first year with the team, but the Fighters are concerned that might not be enough for Saito because of the large amount of female fans he has.  The Fighters are also thinking about allowing Saito to become the first rookie to appear in a commercial since Itsuki Shoda in 2002.