Tatsunori Hara is apparently happy about the new NPB regulation ball. His comment:
I don't think you'll see a 40-homer player drop to 20 homers. Instead, I think it'll be more about pitchers being able to record outs by getting batters to swing at bad pitches. I expect things will return to normal.
In other words, it seems Hara doesn't think there will be a drastic drop in home run totals and that pitchers may find it a little easier to get batters out on bad pitches (so no more cheap homers).
Hara added that he wouldn't be able to provide a more concrete analysis until his team actually started using the ball during spring camp and the exhibition game season.
Yuya Kubo threw about 100 pitches into a net on Monday. Kubo told reporters that he still needed to get a better feel for the new regulation ball and that he would just have to do a lot of throwing and make adjustments as he went along.
Giants' rep Hidetoshi Kiyotake told reporters of his idea of sending Ikusei players to the Winter Leagues next year in order to give them a opportunity to continue their training through the winter months. Kiyotake said that he thought it would be good if all 12 NPB participated in such a program, but realized not every club felt the same way about their Ikusei players and that the Giants might ultimately have to get things going by doing things themselves first. Kiyotake is also considering the best method in which this plan would work, that is, do they send a full team to participate in an overseas leagues, or do they send individual players to participate in teams that are already set up by the leagues.
NOTE: this would also be for Ni-gun players.
The Giants announced today that they will be opening a special limited release site, entitled Micchaku! Giants: Inside Report. Video content for the site will be available between 12/15/2010 and 1/14/2011.