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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 21, 2010

by on Dec.21, 2010 @ 12:38 pm, under NPB

Akinobu Mayumi would like to see Keiichi Yabu help develop the next Takumi Akiyama (in other words, help improve the development of high school talent like Shinta Hifumi and Akira Iwamoto).

Mayumi also said that he wanted to have a good idea of what the opening day roster was going to be like by 3/16.  That means players will have about 12 exhibition games (2/26 - 3/14) to show that they're good enough for the active roster.  Foreign players will also be pulled into exhibition games early on to give them enough time to prepare for the regular season.


Batting coach Yutaka Wada told reporters that he plans on pushing young players hard during spring camp -- they'll be fully steeped in baseball and nothing but baseball.  The Tigers also have two practice games scheduled during their Okinawa leg of spring camp -- veterans will be allowed to skip these games but youngsters will be required to play in them.


Ken Nishimura is hoping that he'll be able to work with Yabu again.  Nishimura met Yabu in Arizona in October 2009 and was given some pitching tips that apparently stuck.


Yasutomo Kubo has one of the quicker motions to the plate. Kubo was also the only pitcher that threw enough innings to qualify for pitching titles and not allow any stolen bases.  On Monday, Kubo told reporters that he actually wanted runners to run.

"The ideal situation would be to give the runners the perception that they can go and then throw them out," said Kubo.  "I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but picking runners off is a lot easier than getting batters out.  I think about those kinds of things every now and again."


Kazuhito Futagami spent Monday morning working out (running and playing catch) at Naruohama.

Said Futagami, "I couldn't really do much this season so I want to make sure I'm physically ready for the 2011 season."


Hirotaka Egusa threw 50 pitches to a standing catcher in the Naruohama bullpen on Monday.

"I'm feeling great," said Egusa.  "Getting my shoulder back to normal and being able to pitch is very important [for me right now].  I want to start pitching again."