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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: January 4, 2011

by on Jan.04, 2011 @ 6:20 pm, under NPB

So Taguchi could end up using a much longer bat this year - from about 85 cm to about 90cm.

"When I swing the bat, I'm doing stuff I don't that I don't need to be doing," said Taguchi.  "Maybe I'm too skillful [for my own good].  Sometimes I swing the bat too quickly and I end up hitting the ball with just my wrists.  But in order to swing a bat this long, you really need to use your upper and lower body properly.  So this isn't about making it easier to hit outside pitches."


Mitsutaka Goto worked out (running, batting practice) for about three hours at Skymark Stadium earlier today.  For Goto, it was his first day of real practicing in the New Year.


Akinobu Okada told reporters on Monday that he felt confident Chan Ho Park was still capable of recording double-digit wins.  And it seems it was head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro's word that pushed the team into signing Park.

Takashiro's assessment of Park -- He has good control and he still has movement on his pitches.  He'll be a good example for the younger pitchers.

2 comments on “Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: January 4, 2011

  1. JasonP

    “Maybe I’m too skillful”

    Yes, that’s always what springs to mind when I see someone hit a mighty .261, unlike that clutz Nishioka who blundered his way to a batting title.

    1. Gen Post author

      heh. I don’t think he meant to say that he was skillful in terms of being adept at actually hitting the ball well. I think what he was trying to say was that his hand and eye coordination was good enough to the point where he could still make contact with the ball despite being off-balance. And that tends to mean the ball gets hit fairly weakly.

      My guess: if he’s going to make an out, he may as well make it while hitting the ball squarely.

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