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Yuki Saito News and Notes: January 30, 2011

by on Jan.30, 2011 @ 10:54 am, 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.

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It appears school field trips to Okinawa in February that include the option to see visit the Nippon Ham Fighters' training grounds are extremely popular right now.  Saito mania?

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Reporters asked Saito yesterday if he packed anything special in his luggage for spring camp:

Nothing really.  Training clothes, club, cleats...  I'm also bringing a humidifier and my computer, but nothing for fun.

Saito also said that he wanted to talk to Yu Darvish and Masaru Takeda about their their training and welcomed the chance to have dinner with either.

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The media learned on Saturday that a total 5 local businesses signed advertising contracts (at 600,000 yen a pop) with Kamagaya Stadium.  And as of yesterday, a total 38,100 visited Kamagaya Stadium since the 12th.

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Nikkan Sports is carrying comments taken from Saito on Saturday:

What did you guys do at the end of your training [today]?

Ippon-jime.

Yodai Enoshita (4th round) was out with a cold.

I need to be careful of catching on myself.

Did you get a flu shot?

I got one last year.

The distance you played catch at seemed pretty large.

It's the same as usual.

Your plans for the 30th.

I'll play some light catch and finish things out with some running.  Maybe in the afternoon...  Since I have a few things I need to do in the morning.

Which player would you like to get training tips from?

As I've been saying all along, [Yu] Darvish and Masaru Takeda.

Have you already gone out to eat with any of the veterans?

Not yet.  But if I'm invited [during camp], I'll be more than happy to go.

Are there any players from other clubs you have your eye on?

I think maybe [Yuya] Fukui and [Tatsuya] Oishi.

Anyone else?

No.

Do you use a computer a lot?

Ever since college.  When I was in college I had to use them to write my reports.

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According to Daily Sports, Saito had a chance to work out with Ichiro today (at Ichiro's request) for about 2 hours (played catch, took fielding fielding practice, and threw 30 BP pitches).  It seems Saito was particularly impressed with Ichiro's arm while playing catch.

In the afternoon, Saito played catch at a max distance of about 100 meters.

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