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Nippon Ham Fighters: Toshiyuki Yanuki’s Stras-change

by on Dec.11, 2010 @ 4:10 pm, under NPB

Toshiyuki Yanuki is currently working on a change-up that he apparently learned from Stephen Strasburg when he participated in the 2009 Arizona Winter Leagues.

"I want to use a change-up next season.  I'll also throw a fork, but it would be nice if I can also throw a change for strikes," said Yanuki.

Yanuki describes the pitch as follows: "It's between a fastball and a fork.  It's quicker than a fork and it'll be nice if it can make the batters think twice.  That's the Stras-change."

In other team-related news:

Atsunori Inaba met about 700 kids in Hokkaido on Friday as part of his Ai Project.  The kids sang Inaba a couple of songs and now the school and Inaba are working to see if they he can use the songs as his intro music during exhibition games.

Inaba met with 81 more kids today for a baseball clinic.