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Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 24, 2011

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 6:04 pm, 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.

===== 2/24 @ 7:57pm

Daily Sports notes that if Saito makes the starting rotation, the Fighters may consider starting him on 7 or more days of rest (perhaps 10 days) out of fear of injury.


Masumi Kuwata had a chance to meet Saito today.  Seems he spoke to Saito about how important good control over the fastball was.

===== 2/24 @ 6:04pm

Saito tossed 107 pitches in the bullpen today.  About a third of the pitches he threw were also off-speed pitches.


Sanspo reports that the Fighters are thinking of increasing Saito's salary based on the number of times he appears on the front page of newspapers over the course of a year.  Why?  Because it's free PR for the team and for the parent company.

Saito has appeared on Sanspo's front page 39 times between 10/28/2010 (draft day) and 2/23 -- a span of 118 days.  Sanspo notes that a full page, full color ad usually costs about 4.3M yen.  Multiply that by 39 and it would cost most companies about 167.7M yen to get as much news paper coverage as Saito has provided the team.


The media learned yesterday that Saito will not be attending his graduation ceremony at Waseda University since it falls on the same day as Opening Day (3/25).