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Nippon Ham Fighters: January 17, 2012

by on Jan.17, 2012 @ 11:16 pm, under NPB

5th round draft pick Toshiharu Moriuchi tossed 30 pitches in bullpen today (standing catcher).  7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima caught the session.

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Kazuhito Tadano started practicing at Kamagaya on Monday after returning from Arizona (training) earlier in the morning.  His workouts included running and playing catch.  Tadano told reporters he was hoping to secure a spot on the active roster with the new pitch he has been working on.

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Atsunori Inaba appeared at a dinner show in Sapporo on Monday.

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The Fighters are thinking about having members of their cheer-leading squad compete for the "center" position via fan voting, similar to the way AKB48 decides who stands in the center of their unit.

AVEX helped the Fighters run auditions this year and the twenty members of the 2012 squad (FTS20, FighTerS20) will be released later this month.

FYI: about 400 people auditioned for the squad.