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Chunichi Dragons: March 23, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi and 3rd round draft pick Shinji Tajima will likely begin the year on the opening day roster.

"Unless something major happens, I plan to start [Shuhei] Takahashi at [Ichi-gun]," said Morimichi Takagi.  "There are not too many rookies like him and it is not like there are other young players I can go with.  I feel if there is a chance for him to play at Ichi-gun, then I should give it to him."

He added, "I do not expect him to make big waves with the team.  But I think it will be better for him to be up here than down [at Ni-gun].  Because in order to play up here, he needs to remember/learn how to play at the [Ichi-gun level].  If he can not hit, then he can defend. There is plenty he can experience just by watching.  [Players] can improve like that as well."

If Takahashi makes the Ichi-gun roster, he will become the first first-year player to do so since Kazuyoshi Tatsunami in 1988.

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About thirty-five new menu items at Nagoya Dome were unveiled before today's exhibition game against the Rakuten Eagles.  Most of the items will be available beginning on opening day.

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The Dragons Road 2012 Opening Ceremony was held at Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station today.  Doala and Kazuki Yoshimi took part in the ceremony.