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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: December 20, 2010

by on Dec.20, 2010 @ 3:13 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks returned to Japan via a charter flight to Fukuoka airport on Sunday.  About 100 fans also greeted the team at the airport.


Tsuyoshi Wada will be visiting professor Toshimasa Yanai at Waseda in January to get his delivery filmed with a high speed camera and then evaluated for performance.  Wada is hoping to use the results of the session to help him on his quest improve his velocity (he wants to hit 150km/h).


Hiroaki Takaya has been riding his bike around the player dorms at Saitozaki in an effort to strengthen his lower body.  On Sunday, he biked the 25km distance between his home and the Saitozaki player dorms (about an hour ride) and then spend about 2 hours in the batting cages.

After practice, he hopped into his car and rushed to meet his wife to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.