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Pacific League News and Notes: January 30, 2011

by on Jan.30, 2011 @ 6:32 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines took part in a Nippon Series Championship Parade in Ishigaki, Okinawa today.  About 25,000 people (around half the population of the island) watched the parade.  Tsuyoshi Nishioka also participated in the parade (he'll be heading to the US on 2/2).  Tae-Kyun Kim was happy to take part in the parade since he missed the one in Chiba (he returned to Korea).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Micah Hoffpauir arrived in Japan today, as did Bobby Keppel and Brian Wolfe.

The Fighters announced that infield seats to their practice games against domestic teams at Nago Stadium will cost 500 yen; the outfield area will remain free.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Alfredo Figaro in Osaka today.  Seems he's working on picking up a change.

The Buffaloes also held a press conference for Chan Ho Park and Seung-Yeop Lee at a hotel in Osaka today.  Park had worked out with the Doosan Bears (KBO) in Oita for about a week earlier this month; Lee is also in good shape.  The two will travel down to Miyakojima tomorrow in time for spring camp.

Akinobu Okada checked out the Ichi-gun facilities at Miyakojima in the morning today and appeared satisfied with the condition of the outfield and bullpen.  He also checked out the Ni-gun facilities in the afternoon.  The coaches also decided to start Hirotoshi Kitagawa and Masato Fukae (5th round) at Ni-gun camp and start Michael Hessman and Francisco Caraballo at Ichi-gun camp.

Rakuten Eagles

In addition to giving Ryan Speier a tryout during spring camp, the Eagles will also give 32-year-old RHP Mitsuru Sato a look as well.

The Eagles held a press conference for Byung-Hyun Kim at Kleenex Stadium today.

Senichi Hoshino, the coaches, and players visited Osaki Hachimangu Shrine today in order to pray for a successful season.

Takashi Kawai is working on polishing his change in order to win a sport in the starting rotation.

The Eagles recorded close to 50 hours of BP footage during fall camp last year.  Head / batting coach Koichi Tabuchi wants the Eagles to continue filming players during spring camp so that he can sit down with individual players and review the footage taken during the two camps. ... Tabuchi thinks that Randy Ruiz can hit 30 homers if he moves from an open batting stance to a square batting stance.

Hoshino is hoping Kensuke Uchimura can become a threat on the bases, just like former Tiger Norihiro Akahoshi.  Uchimura can run the 50 meter in 5.7 seconds.

Akinori Iwamura spent over an hour taking BP against a live arm during his second day of training at Kleenex Stadium yesterday.

Seibu Lions

Dee Brown arrived in Japan today.

Yusei Kikuchi admitted to reporters yesterday that he got caught up the media frenzy last year and became a distraction to the club.  He then said that this year, he wanted to forget about looking good in front of the media and instead wanted to focus on the current season.  Kikuchi also told reporters he'll bring about 50 DVDs (comedies, documentaries) to spring camp to help him relax during his days off.

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, and Alex Cabrera will all be in the mix for the starting job at first base.