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Yomiuri Giants: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

The coaches and remaining players working out at Giants Stadium arrived at Miyazaki Airport today and attended a welcoming ceremony.  Players and staff later visited Miyazaki Jingu and prayed for a successful season.  At night, the entire team convened for a general meeting.

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D.J. Houlton gave himself a clean shave before heading to Miyazaki today.  The team also held a press conference for Houlton at the team hotel in Miyazaki.

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Shuichi Murata plans take BP without wearing batting gloves whenever he can, especially during soft-toss, so that he can get a better feel for hitting the ball.  Tatsunori Hara is also a strong proponent of taking BP without batting gloves.

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While Yoshinobu Takahashi did not visit Miyazaki Jingu with the rest of the team today because of his cold, he did attend the general meeting later in the day.  He should be ok for the start of spring camp tomorrow.

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In order to help break the ice, both Toshiya Sugiuchi and Murata suggested that teammates call them by his first names.  More specifically, by their "nicknames": Toshi-nee (literally, brother Toshi) and Shu-san (shortened version of Shuichi).

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The media learned that sumo wrestler Hakuho is planning to visit the team some time during spring camp in Miyazaki.

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Nippon TV announced their schedule for Yomiuri games today:

Terrestrial: twenty-two games (sixteen day games and six night games) down from twenty-three games (fifteen day games and eight night games) last year.

BS NTV: sixty-one games

CS NTV G+: seventy-two games