The Rakuten Eagles hit just 95 home runs this past season (only the Fighters had fewer home runs with 91). Head / batting coach Koichi Tabuchi is hoping to see that total increase to 130 next year by getting the players to put more pelvis / hip into their swings.
"I won't ask players to change their stances," said Tabuchi. "But I will ask that they try to think more about their pelvises while swinging the bat."
Tabuchi then added, "Singles and walks to keep the inning going is still our main focus, but 95 homers is a little sad. I'd just like to see us hit about 130."
And it seems Tabuchi likes that he sees in Shoji Ohiro. Said Tabuchi, "He's got good bat speed and he can put the ball in the air."