The Giants held a staff meeting today at a hotel in Tokyo to go over how they plan to approach the 2012 season. They also decided on spring camp assignments -- the official list will be released on 1/23; 20 position players and 18 pitchers will be going to Ichi-gun camp; and every member of the 2011 draft class will most likely start things off at Ni-gun camp.
3rd round draft pick Ryuji Ichioka worked out with Ikusei 4th round draft pick Chikara Yoshikawa during their day off today. Workouts included playing catch -- they threw the ball around 30-40 times.
Head coach Kaoru Okazaki plans to require all Ichi-gun position players take practice swings during evening practices at spring camp. That includes the veterans. And it seems working on offense will be a big part of spring camp this year.
Tetsuya Matsumoto has been working on making adjustments to his hitting mechanics, like hitting the ball a little further out in front.