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Chiba Lotte Marines: January 10, 2012

by on Jan.10, 2012 @ 11:35 pm, under NPB

Training camp for the 2011 draft class started at QVC Marine today and lasted about three and a half hours.  Workouts included running and playing catch.

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Norifumi Nishimura considers all four members of the 2011 draft class as players that can contribute right away.  As such, all four might begin the year at Ichi-gun spring camp.

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The Marines announced their 2012 slogan today: 和のもとともに闘おう! (or Together as a Group, Let us fight as a Group!)

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Tomoya Satozaki made an appearance at his alma mater Naruto Kogyo High School today.  He spoke for about an hour in front of around 300 students, teachers, and parents.

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Toshiaki Imae borrowed a Mizuno bat from Seiichi Uchikawa last season and liked it so much that he ordered a similar type of bat from SSK this winter.  The bat is apparently 1.5 time thicker than the bat he used last year with a center of gravity located closer to the grip.