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Yokohama Bay Stars: February 2, 2012 [UPDATED]

by on Feb.02, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

About 1,000 fans showed up on the first day of spring camp, in addition to the 178 members of the media.

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Team owner Makoto Haruta and team president Jun Ikeda visited Hanshin Tigers' camp in Ginoza.

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Kiyoshi Nakahata spent about four minutes hitting forty-one baseballs to Yuki Kuniyoshi, Hiroyuki Fukuyama, and Kota Suda at around 11:30am on Wednesday.  He also swung a missed a number of times.

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Nakahata was diagnosed with the flu today -- head coach Yutaka Takagi will take over while Nakahata recovers.

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Alex Ramirez apparently feels Yuki Yoshimura may be the team's best power hitter and Nakahata is worried about how Yoshitomo Tsutsugo's hitting mechanics are not as good as they were last year.

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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

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Wednesday

  • Yuki Kuniyoshi threw 133 pitches to a squatting catcher. (Sponichi)

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Additional Updates (2/3 @ 1:03am)

Kazuhiro Sasaki visited the Ich-gun team on Wednesday.

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Nakahata was upset that players were not properly responding to greetings and questions and called them on it on Wednesday.

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Pitching coach Yu Tomori wants pitchers to throw at least 1,500 pitches during spring camp.  He also expects pitchers to do a lot of running to improve their stamina/conditioning.

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Team owner Haruta and team president Ikeda also met with Chunichi and Yakult.