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Yuki Saito News and Notes: January 15, 2011

by on Jan.15, 2011 @ 3:03 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito.


The OF section will be opened up to fan during the Fighters' welcoming ceremony for the 2010 draft class tomorrow.  The Fighters initially planned on making 2,400 INF seat tickets available to fans at 500 yen a pop, but after a total 6,200 people (2500 on the first day, 2000 on the second day, and 1700 on the third day) showed up at the Kamagaya grounds during the prospect's first three days of training camp, the Fighters decided it would prudent to open up the OF section and make an additional 3,000 tickets available to fans (at the same cost).


Five portable toilets were installed at the Kamagaya grounds (beyond the center field wall) yesterday.  The Kamagaya Police Department will also be setting up a temporary station along the first base side area near the player cafeteria for tomorrow's welcoming ceremony.  Over 50 extra officers will be patrolling the area around the Kamagaya grounds.


Saito started using the new NPB regulation baseball during practice yesterday.  Saito told reporters that the ball felt slippery in comparison to what he was used to.  Beginning tomorrow (second block of camp), pitchers are expected to toss bullpen sessions, using the new baseballs, to standing catchers.


Saito may have a chance to meet and talk to Yu Darvish during Nippon Ham's product presentation event today.  About 3,000 people (families of stock holders and business partners in addition to students with aspirations to join the company) are expected to attend the event.


Sponichi has posted some comments from Saito:

Have you gotten used to your new life as a pro [baseball player]?

Little by little.  I'm enjoying it.  It's not so different from the time when I was in college.

What do you do in the dorms after practice?

I do some light weight lifting, take a bath, then eat.  I go to bed early, around 10-11pm.  I relax by going to sleep.

Your learning about the Toei Flyers portion of the team's history during the morning lectures...

Similar to Waseda, this team is steeped in history and tradition.

Your neck warmer is pink today...

There's really no meaning behind it.  It was in my room and I decided to use it.  I have others.  You'll get to the them soon.

How do you grade yourself first block of training camp?

There's really no way to put a grade on how things go during training camp.  Things are going well.  And I'm working on the areas I need to work on.