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Rakuten Eagles: February 1, 2012

by on Feb.01, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Early morning workouts began at 7am.  Many players apparently swung the bat close to 2,000 times.

The first day of spring camp lasted about ten hours: from 7am until around 5pm.

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Senichi Hoshino showed up on the field at around 6:58am.

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Takahiro Shiomi participated in early morning (around 7:20am) calisthenics on the beach.

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The Eagles have set up three home plates in the batting cages: the first, 18.44 meters away from the machine; the second, 14 meters away; and the third, 12 meters away.  The closer the batter gets to the machine, the faster the ball will feel (at 12 meters, pitches will appear to go around 175km/h).

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The Eagles announced today that they will run a one-year softball school in Koriyama, Fukushima for elementary school kids, beginning in April.  This will be in addition to the two schools they will be running in Miyagi.

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Bullpen sessions:

Wednesday

Masahiro Tanaka threw 54 pitches to a standing catcher.

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1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto threw 50 pitchesMotohiro Shima caught the session.