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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 3, 2010

by on Dec.03, 2010 @ 2:41 pm, under NPB

Naoto Tsuru worked out (running) at Naruohama on Thursday.  Tsuru is hoping to work out with Tomoyuki Kubota during the winter.

Said Tsuru, "I'd like to tag along if it's alright with him.  I need to work on strengthening my body.  I need to do some lifting and running.  I just need to increase all my workouts across the board."

Tsuru worked out with Kubota in January this year for about 3 weeks and recalled running about 4 hours a day.

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Takashi Toritani told reporters that even though he managed to collect 104 RBI this past season, it wasn't necessarily a big deal if the runs weren't important.

Said Toritani, "Just because you bat well with runners in scoring position doesn't mean you're good.  There's a difference between driving in the 10th run of a game and driving in the game-winning run.  It doesn't make sense to look at the final total because what matters is if the runs helped the team win.  Batting .250 is fine if you help your team win.  Of course, there's nothing wrong with hitting well. ... It would be different if I was the type of batter to hit 30-40 homers, but I got my 100 RBIs this year because of [Keiichi] Hirano and [Matt] Murton. ... It's all about whether or not you can drive in the big runs.  That's what I'd like to focus on over the course of the year next season.

Incidentally, Toritani batted .360 and drove in 11 RBI with runners in scoring position this past season.

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Shinjiro Hiyama is looking to mix things up next season and give the younger players a run for their money.

Said Hiyama, "I want to try doing things I haven't done up until now.  I'd like to wake up a part of me that might have been sleeping [all these years]. ... I think I'm pretty good at sport, but doing things I don't normally do might help me improve.  [That's why] I think it's important to talk to different kinds of sports athletes."

One of the things he's thinking about doing is working on throwing with his left hand to improve his balance.

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Kozo Kawato, the new chairperson of the Tigers' Old Timers committee, met with team owner Shinya Sakai yesterday.