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Samurai Japan News and Notes: December 2, 2012

by on Dec.02, 2012 @ 10:36 pm, under WBC

Koji Yamamoto is hoping to visit spring training camps for the twelve NPB teams in early February.  He has also already attempted to call every player named to the preliminary WBC roster (two or three have not returned calls).

Yusuke Nomura (Hiroshima) did not make the cut.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2012


Thirty-four names are apparently on the preliminary roster.  Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2012


Katsuya Kakunaka (Lotte) received a call from Yamamoto.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2012

Yohei Oshima (Chunichi) got a call from Yamamoto on November 30.  Source: Sanspo 12/2/2012


Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri) plans to use a WBC regulation baseball every chance he has -- during his personal off-season workouts and during spring camp.  Source: Sanspo 12/2/2012

Utsumi plans to toss his first real bullpen session (squatting catch) of 2013 on January 27.  Source: Sponichi 12/2/2012


Teams that make it past the Second Round of the WBC could get to play two exhibition games against MLB teams in Arizona.  If Japan makes it, they could play the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

If Japan advances to the Championship Round, they will head to Arizona on the 12th.  Practices will begin on the 13th and the two exhibition games will take place on the 14th and 15th.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2012


A ticket pack for the first six games the WBC (1st round at Yahoo Dome and 2nd around at Tokyo Dome) will become available for purchase at the official Japanese WBC site on the 4th.  Tickets to individual games will go on sale some time in January next year.