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CL News and Notes: Hayato Sakamoto (YOM) now with 12 lead-off homers

by on May.31, 2011 @ 4:24 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai advised Masahiko Morino and Kazuhiro Wada to try hitting balls to the outfield using his fungo bat during practice yesterday.  Morino (23-for-118) and Wada (28-for-117) are both struggling at the plate and Ochiai thought they might benefit from the way he used work on his swing back when he played the game.

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger will likely face Brian Wolfe (HAM) tonight.  Jason Standridge will likely start tomorrow's game (vs Yu Darvish).

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The Tigers are 0-6 in 6 games that foreign pitchers have started this season.

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Hiroki Uemoto started with a bang (going 6-for-12 in his first three games), but has fell off quite a bit since then (no hits in his last 25 trips to the plate).  Akinobu Mayumi spent some time working with Uemoto on his hitting during practice yesterday.

Mayumi also worked with Takahiro Arai, Kenji Jojima, Wei-Chu Lin, Shunsuke, and Kohei Shibata.

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Pitching coach Yasuo Kubo helped Tomoyuki Kubota work on his pitching mechanics (release point) yesterday.

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The front office is still 100% behind Mayumi.

Yomiuri Giants

Hayato Sakamoto recorded his 12th lead-off homer of his career (2nd career Inter-league lead-off homer).  It was also the first time he manged to hit a homer on the very first pitch of the game (he did hit a first pitch homer on 8/26/2010, but that was in the bottom of the 1st inning).  12 lead-off homers also puts Sakamoto in a 4th place tie with Yoshinobu Takahashi on the franchise list.  The other three: Isao Shibata with 25; Shigeru Takada with 20; and Toshihisa Nishi with 19.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows announced that Seok-Jin Park was stepping down as Ni-gun pitching coach for personal reasons and would be returning to Korea.

9 comments on “CL News and Notes: Hayato Sakamoto (YOM) now with 12 lead-off homers

  1. ACE

    oh cool story bro. But I mean this seems like all insider stuff, how does he get that stuff?

    1. Gen Post author

      As EJH mentions, I can indeed read Japanese (I have Japanese parents, was born and raised in the US, and currently live in Tokyo). A lot of the stuff you see is stuff I have read, heard, seen in the Japanese media (online, newspapers, TV). The rest is just putting all the information together and coming up with my own conclusions.

      At the end of the day, I’m just a regular yakyu fan like you. And if I’m doing this right, I’m hoping this site can also help you get your yakyu fix.

  2. ACE

    Yes I enjoy this site very much and since I live in Hawaii I don’t get to see any of the games only if their uploaded on youtube. I’m a huge Giants fan also.

    1. Gen Post author

      A Giants’ fan? I actually haven’t heard that in a long time. Most of the people I meet tend, including most of the people that tend to post comments here, seem to have a heavy dislike for the Giants, in very much the same way the Yankees are hated in the US.

      In any case, don’t get too down if people here get on your case for being a Giants fan.

    2. EJH

      “I’m a huge Giants fan also.” – I am impressed that you are willing to say that publicly because you may not be aware that the direct translation is “I am an asshole.”

      (See, Gen wasn’t kidding. Some people are going to get on your case.)

    3. Gen Post author

      HA! Seriously though ACE, don’t take any of the ribbing personally because it isn’t directed at you specifically, but to all Giants fans.

      And to be entirely honest, when I first got into the NPB back in the 1980’s, it was as a Giants fans, mostly because that’s what was on TV most of the time when I visited in the summers. Although, when I visited my grandparents house in Tokorozawa, it was pretty much Seibu Lions all the way (my grandmother was into the Lions winning because it meant sales at the Seiyu).

    4. ACE

      Wow I didn’t think that alot of people disliked the Giants. Well I grew up a Giants fan because on youtube I will always see videos about them and I got interested in them.

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