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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: December 24, 2010

by on Dec.24, 2010 @ 1:16 pm, under NPB

The Giants' winter camp that began on the 2nd, ended earlier today.

Ikusei chief coach Kosuke Yoshihara's comment: "The players found their own things to work on.  I'd like to see them to continuing to find things to work on in January."

Ni-gun manager Masahiro Kawai's comment: "I don't know if we'll do this next year, but I think the players that attended this camp will be ready for the New Year."


According to Nikkan Sports, the Giants are hoping Rusty Ryal will become their regular third baseman.  Team rep Hidetoshi Kiyotake told reporters that he hopes the acquisition will push the younger players like Taishi Ota, Daisuke Fujimura, and Daisuke Nakai harder.


Head coach Kaoru Okazaki told reporters on Thursday that he doesn't plan to give any players, including veterans, special treatment during spring camp next year, particularly with the Ichi-gun group.

Said Okazaki, "The Ichi-gun group will practice like crazy.  Players will not be allowed to participate under a 'separate training menu' or work at their own pace."

That means players that aren't ready to go hard from the start will probably need to start spring camp at Ni-gun.

Okazaki added that it was also his job to check on the progress for every play, both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun, beginning from spring camp.

Oakzaki also spoke about his thoughts on the morning walks before practice during camp (as a means of warming players up) and how he thought it was something each player should decide, not the coaches.

"Normally, I think only players that feel the need to go [on walks] should go," said Okazaki.  "I don't think it's something we should decide."


Takahiko Nomaguchi is continuing to work on the new side throw delivery he picked up during fall practice.

"I've got about 3 different arm angles I'm thinking about," said Nomaguchi.  "I'd like to decide on which arm angle after I've had a chance to throw more and will continue to work on them during my own training."


The Giants are going to try and add 50 games to the Ni-gun schedule by sending players to various winter leagues (like the Puerto Rico Winter League) and by playing more games against Industrial League teams.

The Giants are expected to have around 90 players under contract in 2011.