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1/14/2013: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Norichika Aoki

by on Jan.14, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under MLB

Hiroyuki Nakajima trained at the Seibu indoor training facilities in Tokorozawa, Saitama today.  His workouts lasted about an hour and a half.  He spent most of his time taking batting practice because of the snow. Source: Sanspo 1/14/2013

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Norichika Aoki's wife is pregnant with the couple's second child.  Her due date is some time in June.

Aoki's workouts on Sunday lasted about six hours.  He used a ball that weighs about 270 grams during soft-toss batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 1/14/2013

Sponichi posted a mini interview with Aoki:

You are looking pretty good.

I am making good progress.  I have increased my workouts in January and things are going well.  I am at around eighty-three kilograms.

What are you doing during workouts?

Basically the same things I have been doing.  I need to toughen up a bit in terms of conditioning, so I am focused on that.  After playing a year, I know what is expected, so it has been easier to prepare.

You might end up batting out of the two hole this year.

I had a few chances to bat second last year. It is not as limited as Japan, but it is a spot that needs to help expand options.  I want to be able to bat lead-off and second.

[Kyuji] Fujikawa joined the Chicago Cubs.

I am looking forward to playing him, but I really would rather not face Japanese pitchers.

Which fortune did you draw at Hatsumode?

Small luck.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2013

7 comments on “1/14/2013: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Norichika Aoki

  1. Arthur

    I assume because they’ve had years of facing him in NPB and have an idea of how to pitch to him, compared to most MLB pitchers who’ve only had one season.

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  2. Kyle

    I get that, but usually that situation is more beneficial to the batter. At least I think that’s the prevailing wisdom. A big deal is made when a guy moves to another league. “Well, he hasn’t faced any of these pitchers, so it could be rough, etc.”

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    1. Arthur

      Yup, I agree, just speculating. I looked at the original article, Gen didn’t miss anything. Aoki’s always seemed a bit of a closed book to me, I’m sure he has his reasons. Because the media in Japan would focus a lot on the matchup? Can’t think of anything else.

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      1. Nicole

        That could be it–the Brewers play the Cubs frequently (NL Central) and the combination of all the press plus the frequent matchups may present a problem. I suppose he was hoping that with the Cubs’ new look with guys like Scott Baker and Scott Feldman, the new largely former-AL pitching staff wouldn’t be as familiar with the Brewers lineup.

        He’s going to have to (potentially) face Hisanori Takahashi with the Cubs as well. He only had one PA against Takahashi in 2012. Not sure what he did against Takahashi before, if anything.

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  3. Carter

    They don’t wanna hurt each other, I think that’s the most logical explanation. Aoki hitting a HR against Takahashi who gets sent down the following day. You don’t want this to happen.

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