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."
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.