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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 12, 2010

by on Dec.12, 2010 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB

Hirotaka Egusa (working his way back from left shoulder pains) tossed about 30 pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Naruohama on Saturday.

Said Egusa, "I've been feeling great.  And I had a good feel on the mound."

Egusa is hoping to pitch to a squatting catcher before the end of the year.


Tomoaki Kanemoto spent about 2 hours working out indoors before doing some running outdoors (light running at first and then a few laps between the foul poles) on Saturday.


Hirokazu Shiranita will be working out with Satoshi Komatsu (Orix) beginning in January.  The two have yet to actually meet in person as they were introduced to each other by a scout.


The hotel where the players will be staying at during road games against the Yomiuri Giants next year will have a world-class training gym that was set up by Hideo Nomo's trainer.

The Tigers had been using the Grand Prince Hotel in Akasaka through to this season.  The team began its search (during the season) for a new hotel after they received word from the Grand Prince Hotel that they were closing in March, 2011.

The team checked around and ultimately decided on a hotel that would provide their players with the most satisfaction (the players provided the team with feedback on what kind of place it should look for).  While the new hotel is a little further away from Tokyo Dome, it does have a training gym in the basement (the had to travel 15 minutes to get to a gym when they stayed at the Grand Prince Hotel), as well as a big public bath that players can relax in and a number of meeting rooms that the team can use.


A fan club supporting Keiichi Hirano was set up by Kawasaki city in Kanagawa on Saturday.  For the city, it will be their first baseball player fan club (they have set up fan clubs for J-League players).  And the hope is that Hirano can also become a goodwill ambassador for Kawasaki.

Hirano also took part in the baseball clinic, that lasted about 3 and a half hours, for 250 elementary school kids (spread across 6 teams) in Kawaski on Saturday.


Keiji Uezono, Hiroki Uemoto, and Masashi Nohara visited Swan Hall on Saturday for a Christmas event.  350 children and people with disabilities attended the event.