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Rakuten Eagles: February 6, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 3:28 am, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions
 

Monday

Sunday

  • Takahiro Shiomi threw sixty-seven pitches, including off-speed pitches. (Sports Hochi)

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Senichi Hoshino called over to a group of three kids after early morning practices on Monday and gave them his autograph.

Regarding Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Hoshino said that they signed him not only because he can start, but also because others can stand to learn a lot from him.

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Teppei spent about an hour in the batting cages (machine) after general practices on Monday.

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Daisuke Kusano stood in the batter's box while Kenji Tomura tossed a bullpen session on Monday -- Kusano wanted a chance to see pitches from live arms.

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Hiromoto Okubo told reporters on Monday that he was so far pleased with the way batting practices have gone and is hoping that players can continue to workout at the same high-level pace they have been going at over the first six days of camp.

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INF/base-running coach Yasutomo Suzuki hit baseballs to Ginji, Shintaro Masuda, and Toshihito Abe during extra fielding practice on Sunday.

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Ken Kadokura did not pass his tryouts with the team.

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Team chairman Hiroshi Mikitani would like to put together a youth baseball team (under-18) made up of junior high and high school players not enrolled in the Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF).  The team would be coached by former professional ball players.  And since players would not have any connection to the JHBF, they could go straight to pro.

Assuming he can get proper clearance and permission, the ultimately goal would be to set up a youth league in the Tohoku region.