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CL News and Notes: January 30, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 3:13 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa arrived in Okinawa on Monday and said to reporters, "We scheduled a lot of practice games to give everyone a chance to play.  The only every day players we have right now are Shinya Miyamoto and Ryoji Aikawa."


Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, Tsuyoshi Ueda, and Hitoshi Yamamoto did two thirty-minute zazen meditation sessions at Seiryuji Fudoin in Wako, Saitama on Sunday.


A new clubhouse was built at Saitobaru Sports Park and will be ready for the Ni-gun players to use during spring camp.

The one-story building, complete with three meeting rooms, lockers, and shower facilities, cost about 70M yen.  The city of Saito in Miyazaki paid for the construction out of money they received from the government through a military base grant.

Up until this year, the Swallows spent about 3M yen each spring to build a temporary clubhouse.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp announced on Monday that Nick Stavinoha's registered name will be "Nick" and "Stavinoha" will appear on his uniform.  Kam Mickolio's registered name will be "Mickolio."


Dennis Sarfate told reporters on Sunday that he was excited about the current arms in the bullpen:

There is [Takahiro] Aoki from the left and [Takeru] Imamura from the right.  I heard [Katsuhiro] Nagakawa is also throwing.  If [Ryuji] Yokoyama returns we will have a strong bullpen. ...  I do not plan to give up the closer role, but Imamura has what it takes to become a closer in the future.


Bullpen session:


Takeru Imamura threw 15 pitches to a standing catcher.  It was his first session of the year.  Imamura worked on his mechanics during the off-season and is reportedly looking a lot like Takuya Asao (CHU).

Said Imamura, "I am not thinking about [Asao].  I have not even watched any of his footage.  I just looked at my own and thought about [what I need to do].  I made my back motion smaller and I throw the ball further out in front.  Doing that allows me to put my weight behind my pitches.  It also makes it difficult for the batter to time my pitches."

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Giancarlo Alvarado on Monday.


Kiyoshi Nakahata appeared on NHK's Sunday Sports on Sunday night and said that he wanted to play Yoshitomo Tsutsugo every day and that he imagined him as a number three hitter.


The new Bay Stars' online store opened on Sunday.  The Bay Stars also sold about 40 new items during their uniform unveiling ceremony.


84 members of the media from 38 different companies covered Sunday's uniform unveiling ceremony.