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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: January 11, 2011

by on Jan.11, 2011 @ 3:03 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino has scheduled 6 practice games in early to mid February, probably around the second block of spring camp that'll start on the 5th.  That means the Eagles will be playing 20 games over a 30-day period (5 more games than last year).  The reason: he wants to see his players compete in game-like situations as much as possible before the start of the season.


Motohiro Shima said he wanted to pay close attention to winning percentages (he figures the team needs to win about 80 games) and batting averages with runners in scoring position (he's not really too concerned with his own offensive numbers, but if he were to pick one stat, this would be it since it ties in with winning).  Shima is currently working out like Shinichiro Koyama, Shintaro Masuda, and Tetsuro Nishida in Nago, Okinawa.


Hisashi Iwakuma made an appearance at an event at Kleenex Stadium on Monday in order to help the team sell more season tickets.  To the 100 or so fans that showed up, he said that the first three pitchers in the starting rotation (himself, Masahiro Tanaka, and Satoshi Nagai) needed to win at least 40 games (perhaps finish with a combined record of 25 games over .500, so 40-15) if the team was going to win a championship this season.  He also said that he wanted to help in the development of younger pitchers like Kohei Hasebe and Kenji Tomura and invited them to approach him whenever they needed advice.