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PL News and Notes: January 19, 2012

by on Jan.20, 2012 @ 12:15 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama visited the Hokkaido government offices on Thursday and met with prefectural governor Harumi Takahashi today.  He later said that he has asked the Fighters' front office to bring in additional help.

Seibu Lions

2nd round draft pick Hirotaka Koishi tossed 30 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday (half-bent catcher).

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Hideaki Takahashi to the media on Thursday.

Takahashi has so far managed to gain about 5kg during the winter.

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1st round draft pick Ryoichi Adachi spent about 30 minutes taking BP against a live arm during workouts on Thursday.

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The spring camp logo released yesterday also contained significant landmarks/people from Miyakojima and Kochi - Miyakojima,Mamoru-kun for Miyakojima and Ryoma Sakamoto for Kochi.  The team also got some help from both local governments.

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Takahiro Okada is/was scheduled to workout at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday.  Shigetoshi Hasegawa also reportedly tossed BP to Okada and his group on Saturday (PST time).

Chiba Lotte Marines

1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka opted to work on fielding bunts off the mounds during free practices Wednesday afternoon (he has his eyes on a Golden Glove Award).  On Thursday, he threw 30 pitches in the bullpen (standing catcher) with about 20 reporters and 10 members of the coaching staff watching over him.  He also told reporters that he felt like anytime he did something big, someone else did something bigger:

...on the day he was drafted, Tomoyuki Sugano stole the show when he was drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters;
...on the day he signed his contract, Hidetoshi Kiyotake (former Yomiuri GM) made headlines;
...on the day he moved into the player dorm, two got lost and caused a fuss;
...and on the day he tossed his first bullpen session in a Lotte uniform, Yu Darvish made headlines by signing with the Texas Rangers.

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The 2011 draft class took part in a photo shoot for an ad for Tobu Funabashi Department Store on Wednesday.