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[11/2/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.03, 2013 @ 2:47 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Yuta Muto hurt his right leg while running an 800-meter timed run during fall camp on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013

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The first day of fall camp lasted eight hours -- from 10:00 to 18:00.  Pitchers did a lot of running.  Position players worked on their swings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa still wants players that can play multiple positions.  Tsuyoshi Ueda got the start in center eighty-six times this year, but has been working out at short since the end of the season.  Wladimir Balentien normally plays the outfield, but will likely get a look at first before the start of the 2014 season.

Source: Sponichi 11/2/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Fall Camp

  • The Tigers prepared weighted baseballs for use during fall camp soft-toss batting practice. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013]
  • Ryota Imanari took fielding practice at third on Friday.  The Tigers want to take advantage of his bat and moved him to the outfield this year.  However, he was a defensive liability during the season.  It was INF/base-running coach Nobuhiro Takashiro's idea to give Imanari a try at third. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013, Sanspo 11/2/2013]
  • Ryoma Matsuda threw fifty-four pitches in the bullpen on Friday. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013]
  • Shintaro Fujinami took twenty-five swings during batting practice on Friday and hit three over the fence. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013, Daily Sports 11/2/2013] ... Fujinami spent time signing autographs for about one hundred fans on Saturday. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013]
  • Masayuki Kakefu joined up with the team in Kochi on Saturday.  He watched over workouts for about seven hours, beginning at 10:00. [Sports Hochi 11/2/2013]
  • According to Tokyo Sports, the Tigers are worried about assistant hitting coach Thomas O'Malley's knees, especially since there are a lot of hills where they are currently holding fall camp. [Tokyo Sports 11/2/2013]

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According ZakZak, the Tigers are planning to have Ni-gun players do the same kind of workouts as Ichi-gun players next year since Ni-gun training routines were found to be ineffective.

Source: ZakZak 11/2/2013

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Toshiyuki Kikuchi, chief of amateur scouting, will be retiring.  He has been a scout with the Tigers for twenty-five years.

Soruce: Sanspo 11/2/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The players are unhappy at how the front office has been handling contract negotiations so far -- Norihiro Nakamura and Kauznari Tsuruoka were offered what could be considered ultimatums early on during negotiations and expect replies soon after the Nippon Series and Kiyoshi Nakahata was somehow left out of the loop on the decision to senryokugai Yuta Naito.  The players are on edge about their statuses and reportedly scheduled a players meeting on Saturday at Bay Stars Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 11/2/2013