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Chunichi Dragons: Player assignments for spring camp released

by on Jan.20, 2012 @ 12:14 am, under NPB

The Dragons held a staff meeting on Thursday that lasted about three and a half hours -- they went over schedules and player assignments for spring camp (41 players will attend Ichi-gun camp).

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The team is planning to add beach training (running) to their workouts during spring camp this year in order to improve stamina and lower body strength.

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1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi spent about 30 minutes in the batting cages during his day off (and his birthday) on Wednesday.

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Takeshi Yamasaki played four holes of golf with pro golfer Ryo Ishikawa in Hawaii on Wednesday (Japan time) -- it was for a TV show.

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The Former Dragons' Players Group (Dragons OB) held a meeting on Wednesday and named the group's vice chairman Tatsuhiko Kimata to chairman after Morimichi Takagi turned down the position since he will be managing the Dragons this year.

Kimata later told reporters he planned to give hitting advice during spring camp using a rubber baseball bat.  "If you do not make good contact with this bat, the ball will not fly.  I will discuss this with the batting coach," said Kimata.