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Yomiuri Giants: Toshiya Sugiuchi introduced at a press conference

by on Dec.23, 2011 @ 11:23 pm, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo earlier today to officially introduce Toshiya Sugiuchi (31) as their newest addition.  He was also given the number 18 (as expected).

UPDATE 12/24 @ 1:40am - Sanspo is carrying the following comments taken during Sugiuchi's press conference:

What are you thoughts right now?

It is an honor for a chance to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants, a team of tradition.

Your thoughts on [Tatsunori] Hara?

I watched Yomiuri games since I was a kid and I can still remember Hara kantoku batting fourth.

How will you approach your first year?

I do not think any one can feel as passionately about baseball as I do.  I want to put all that on the line and play my heart out.

Your thoughts on a possible opening day start.

I want to do my best so that I do not get beaten out by the ace, [Tetsuya] Utsumi.

Your thoughts on leaving the Pacific League for the Central League.

Pitchers do not hit in the PL.  The CL is more traditional where [pitchers] bat and run.  I will approach the season as I remember my high school playing day.

Will you being making any changes?

My mission is to do here what I did for the Hawks.  I do not having any specific plans to change anything.  I have confidence.

Nikkan Sports is carrying additional comments from the press conference: 1, 2, 3

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2011 Stats

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 23 8 7 0 0 7 3 .533 676 171.1 122 8 49 1 8 177 5 0 40 37 1.94
Ni-gun 1 0 1 0 - 0 0 .000 28 7.0 7 0 2 0 0 6 0 0 2 2 2.57