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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 9, 2011

by on Feb.09, 2011 @ 11:08 pm, under NPB

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The Ichi-gun Marines have the day off today.

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Tae-Kyun Kim stayed back for extra batting practice yesterday and took 91 swings while hitting 4 over the fence.

Said Kim, "The extra BP was so that I could check on my balance.  I wasn't aiming for any home runs. ... Last year, it wasn't until I found out that the fans wanted me to hit homers that I started to fall apart.  This year, I don't want to focus on home runs all that much."

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The Marines aren't jumping to any conclusions about the Hanshin Tigers' 28-player protected list and won't make any decisions until they've had a chance to look at the list and see who's available.

Said operating director Akira Ishikawa, "We want to see the list first.  If there's a good player, we'll take him."

An unnamed club official is also quoted as saying, "I'm sure he's on the list, but if he's not, we'd even take a high salaried player like [Tomoaki] Kanemoto.  We have a pretty decent idea of what we're looking for."