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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 14, 2011

by on Feb.14, 2011 @ 2:48 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Eagles have the day off today.

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Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Manabu Mima (2nd round) entered the game in the 6th tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He also surrendered a hit, struck out 1, and hit 147km/h on the radar gun.

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Masahiro Tanaka on his 204-pitch bullpen session yesterday:

I'm tired.  I wanted to find out if I could keep pitching using the [right] form despite throwing a lot of pitches.  I checked on everything [during the session].  It wasn't a very good session.  But it was my first 200+ pitch session. ... It doesn't make much sense to throw just for the sake of throwing. ... I was tired [to begin with].  But I wanted to throw a session where I was tired from the start.

Senichi Hoshino was satisfied with the session:

Wonderful.  He wasn't trying to power the ball, but his pitches had late life on them.  If his mechanics aren't any good, he could hurt himself, but with that form he has, no problems.

Incidentally, Nikkan Sports mentions that Tanaka's high for pitches during a game (after turning pro) was 150.  There's also included the following short bit from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato:

It's possible to throw hard with your arm up until about 80 pitches.  But even for a pitcher like Tanaka, when you get passed 150 pitches, you start losing control.  It isn't possible to get by on just power.  It's all about how well you can keep your balance while pitching.

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Shinichiro Koyama threw 210 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.

Koyama - "I want to improve my throwing stamina by throwing a lot.  But once I get tired, I can still pitch using a delivery that doesn't require as much power."

Koyama is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game tomorrow.

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Motohiro Shima apparently received the most number of Valentine's Day chocolates.

  1. Motohiro Shima - 68 boxes
  2. Masahiro Tanaka - 61 boxes
  3. Hisashi Iwakuma - 57 boxes