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[11/3/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 2:30 am, under NPB

Kazuya Tsutsumi threw 100 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2013

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Shinta Hifumi had a rigorous workout during batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday -- each time he swung the bat and missed, ten more pitches were added to his total.  By the time he was done, he had swung at about five-hundred pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2013

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Yutaka Wada told reporters he could see differences in the way Ryota Arai and Issei Morita were swinging the bat.  Coaches have been working with both players during fall camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2013

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Morita hit four over the fence during batting practice on Saturday.  The Tigers like his power potential.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2013

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R. Arai took eighty-two swings during batting practice on Saturday and hit four over the fence.

Hitting Coordinator Masayuki Kakefu spent about an hour working with Hayata Ito on his swing after general practices, back at the team hotel.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2013

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Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi spent about thirty minutes working with Shintaro Fujinami on his pitching mechanics.  A rubber tube was laid out in a straight line, perpendicular to a net.  Fujinami stood on top of the tube at one end and threw into the net on the other end, each time making sure his left foot landed near the tube.  Nakanishi sat on the ground directly behind him.

Fujinami has been throwing pitches across his body (when the left foot of a right-handed pitcher lands toward third).  Nakanishi explained that this was happening because Fujinami was bending his right knee and allowing his weight to move toward third; his right foot was also placed at an angle against the rubber that made him throw across his body even more.  The solution: to use the adductor muscles more and to place his right foot parallel to the rubber.

Fujinami threw sixty-four baseballs into the net.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2013

In an effort to keep the changes minimal, Kiyooki focused on just the right leg -- position of the right leg (making sure the right foot is parallel to the rubber) and usage (making sure the weight does not move toward third).

Exercises like this will be done once every other day during fall camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2013

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Ryosuke Ogata showed off his strong throwing arm during fielding practices on Saturday.  Ogata is still a little slow on the transfer, but the Tigers believe he could be a candidate for the outfield next year.

Ogata also has speed and has good bat control (he likes to choke up on the bat).

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2013

Ogata can run the fifty meter in 5.8 seconds and can throw the ball 120 meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2013