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Yokohama Bay Stars Spring Camp News and Notes: February 1, 2011

by on Feb.01, 2011 @ 7:34 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 1:11am

Daisuke Miura threw 50 pitches to a standing catcher today.  He pitched out of the wind and stretch and kept the session light.

=== 8:51pm

Morimoto's theme color for the current season is yellow.  Which explains the yellow sweatbands and yellow shoes.

A dogged named Sharo showed up to spring camp today wearing a Bay Stars' uniform.  He also had, around his neck, a fan club membership card.

=== 7:34pm

Daisuke Miura started his day with a 30 minute walk before the break of dawn today.

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Takao Obana hasn't scheduled any evening practices this year (same as last year) and hopes that players will take initiative to practice more if they feel they need it.  During the team meeting last night, he talked about keeping the lines of communication open and went over the specific duties each coach had during camp.

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Hichori Morimoto celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday.  The chef at the team hotel prepared a cake, in the shape of a baseball, for Morimoto.

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The media found out yesterday that pitching coach Atsushi Yoshida went against the NPB convention rules and provided some coaching to a rookie at the Yokosuka training facilities in mid-January.  According to the NPB convention, coaches can not provide any instruction between 12/1 and 1/31, unless they receive special permission from the NPB commissioner.  The club is still in the middle of investigating what happened, but is also considering an appropriate punishment.

An update (8:46pm): Yoshida told reporters he didn't providing any coaching instructions, although he could understand why it might look that way.  He added that he should have been a little more careful.  At this point, it seems the team won't punish Yoshida (he already received a warning from the NPB).