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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: January 5, 2011

by on Jan.05, 2011 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB

Hiroyasu Tanaka is planning on adding a new bat to his collection this season -- one that's the same weight (900 grams) and same length (33.5 inches), but with a center of gravity that's closer to the bat head.

"I want to take advantage of the weight of the bat," said Tanaka.  "We'll be using a new ball, so I asked for a bat that's easier to swing.  I want to be prepared to bat in any place in the line-up."

Tanaka is also thinking about inviting the Waseda ekiden team to a game at Jingu Stadium for winning first place.


Masanori Ishikawa, Yasushi Iihara, and Koki Watanabe worked out at Jingu today (running, playing catch, fielding practice).  Ishikawa told reporters that he hoped to set a new career high in wins this year (he set a career high of 13 wins in 2009 and matched it last season).