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Hanshin Tigers: February 5, 2012

by on Feb.05, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Sunday

  • Takashi Toritani took 106 swings during lunchtime BP and hit thirty-one over the fence. (Sanspo)

Saturday

  • Craig Brazell took fifty-five swings and hit fifteen over the fence, using both his regular game bat and training bat. (Sanspo)
  • Tomoaki Kanemoto took two turns during outdoor BP. First turn: twenty-four swings and nine over the fence. Second turn: twenty-six swings and one over the fence. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

Saturday

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Today was the end of the first block of spring camp for the Tigers.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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4,500 fans watched workouts on Saturday.

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Yutaka Wada hit baseballs to the catchers during extra fielding practice today.

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Masahiro Nakatani impressed fans with a strong throw from center to home plate during situational fielding practice today.

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Kenji Jojima has taken fielding practice at first and third so far during spring camp.  During batting practice today, Jojima positioned himself in left -- OF/base-running coach Koichi Sekikawa and Wada were seen giving Jojima pointers on how to play the outfield.

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Phiten had Kyuji Fujikawa try out three different insoles on Saturday.  The effectiveness of the insoles were measured using a new high-tech system that grabbed information from a gyroscope strapped to Fujikawa's hip while he threw thirty-two pitches.

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Team owner Shinya Sakai does not like the idea of announcing starting pitchers.

=== UPDATE 2/6 @ 12:45am

Via Sponichi: Fans listening to MBS Radio's Toragumi Tigers Live! on Saturday were given the following four options and asked to select which they most wanted to see this season:

  • Kenji Jojima at first base
  • Yasutomo Kubo used as a reliever
  • Daiki Enokida used as a starter
  • 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito batting lead-off on opening day

The results: 246 fans apparently were interested in Enokida as starter; 105 in Ito batting lead-off on opening day; 30 in Kubo as a reliever; and 21 in Jojima at first.