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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: December 13, 2010

by on Dec.13, 2010 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB

Yi-Hao Lin is currently taking part in the Giants' winter camp.  Earlier today, it seems he tossed 150 pitches in the bullpen.

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Shun Tono spent about 2 hours working out at Giants Stadium (he spent a lot of time doing weight training exercises).  His goal for the winter is to strengthen his lower body and improve his stamina.

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According to a quote by Daisuke Nakai and carried by Nikkan Sports, Yoshiyuki Kamei is also trying his hand at second base.  Both Nakai and Ryota Wakiya don't plan on letting Kamei take up their valuable infield spots so easily.

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Hayato Sakamoto took part in the baseball clinic on Sunday and the speech he gave to the kids that attended focused on taking notes.

"People tend to forget this over time," said Sakamoto.  "Even pro baseball players.  So make sure you write down the things you were taught here today when you get home.  If you write everything down, you'll always be able to go back and remind yourself of the things you learn."

Regarding his career high 31-homer season, Sakamoto said that he didn't think he suddenly became more powerful or got better at hitting balls further, but that he had a better feel for the pitchers this year (in other words, he knew their tendencies).  And to continue improving that aspect of the game, Sakamoto is apparently thinking about keeping regular updates notes on the pitchers he faces (similar to Matt Murton).

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Naha mayor Takeshi Onaga is ready to help support the Yomiuri Giants during spring camp next year.  And according to Nikkan Sports, Tatsunori Hara was really impressed with Okinawa Cellular Stadium.  Perhaps not all that surprising since about 7B yen was put into upgrading the stadium.

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The Giants announced today that Takuya Fukata was hired to be an assistant coach at Giants Academy (a baseball school for kids).