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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 4, 2011

by on Feb.04, 2011 @ 6:36 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


The Swallows Ni-gun camp has the day off today.

=== 9:54pm

The Swallows Ichi-gun camp has the day off tomorrow.  And despite the day off, some of the players, like Yasushi Ihara and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, are organizing an evening practice session.


Yoshinori Sato threw 114 pitches (including a new two-seamer)  in the bullpen today.

=== 6:36pm

Chang-Yong Lim threw 32 pitches in the bullpen (standing catcher) today.

Said Lim, "Today was my first session, so I kept things light.  I want to start ramping things up on Sunday.  Camp lasts a long time, so I'll continue to make my preparation for the start of the season."  Lim also said that he had his eye on both a save title and on breaking the NPB record of 46 saves in a season, set by Hitoki Iwase (CH) in 2005.


Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) tossed 38 pitches (including his curve, change, and slider) in his second bullpen session since the start of spring camp yesterday.  He'll be making his debut in a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on the 13th.  Shichijo was originally scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on either the 11th or 12th, but after watching the session, Junji Ogawa felt Shichijo was ready to pitch against the Tigers on the 13th.


The Ni-gun roster joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice yesterday due to the rain.


The Yakult Swallows have decided to make their practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 19th a charity match (500 yen to get in to watch the game).  Proceeds will be donated to Urasoe city.  The Swallows are also planning on donating a portion of their ticket sales revenue from their exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on the 26th.


Urasoe city mayor Mitsuo Gima suggested that he might try to rename Urasoe Municipal Stadium to Yakult Urasoe Municipal Stadium if the team can win a championship this year.  The city would also be willing to host a parade and a variety of other events to celebrate a championship.

When the Swallows won a championship in 2001, the city planted a young pine tree (young pine tree can also be called wakamatsu in Japanese, which also happens to be the name of the manager that was at the helm in 2001).  If the Swallows win a championship this year, they'll build an ogawa (which means stream) in Urasoe Athletic Park for Junji Ogawa.