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Rakuten Eagles: January 21, 2012

by on Jan.22, 2012 @ 12:09 am, under NPB

Ryo Hijirisawa worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Saturday.  Hijirisawa has his sights set on 60 stolen bases this year (he stole 52 last year) and realizes he needs to get on base by becoming more selective at the plate.

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The Eagles held a meeting at a hotel in Sendai on Saturday.  About 53 members of the organization (coaches, front office personnel) attended the meeting.

The team slogan for 2012 was decided: Smart&Spirit 2012 ともに、前へ。 (or Smart & Spirit 2012, together, we move forward.)

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Head coach Koichi Tabuchi checked on players working out at Kleenex Stadium on Saturday.

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Kohei Hasebe worked out for about four hours at Kleenex Stadium on Friday.

Hasebe's father passed away on the January 16.  Memorial services were held on January 18.  Hasebe returned to Sendai on January 19.

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The Eagles held early morning workouts that started at 7am and position players were pushed to swing the bat 2,000 times a day during fall camp.  On Friday, Senichi Hoshino told reporters that workout schedules were only about half of what he wanted (back in his time, people worked out so hard, they threw up).  He also said that he wanted to focus on hitting during the first half of spring camp with Hiromoto Okubo in charge of putting together the hitting workouts.

The media presented Hoshino with a birthday cake on Saturday, one day before his 65th birthday.

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The 2011 draft class made appearances at a gathering for the Sendai City Sports Council Meeting on Friday.