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[11/4/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.05, 2013 @ 4:06 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani is hoping to gain two to three more kilograms during the winter.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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Yuki Saito plans to continue tossing bullpen sessions during the off-season.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2013

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Yohei Kagiya successfully dropped six kilograms over the last month and a half.  Kagiya got advice from the team nutritionist and cut back on carbohydrates and increased his amount of aerobic exercises.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama does not want young players to use practice sessions as a tool to show coaches they are working during fall camp.  There will also be no evening practices.  Players should only practice if they feel they should.

"There is no need for them to show us how much they are practicing. ... Having quality practice sessions is the key.  They can practice [on off-days] if they like, or they can rest.  If they rest, I hope they use that time wisely," Kuriyama said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013

Softbank Hawks

INF/base-running coach Yusuke Torigoe got all over Nobuhiro Matsuda for not diving after a ball during fielding practice on Monday.  The one-hundred or so fans in the stands were surprised by the sudden uproar.

"Why didn't you go after it!  We finished in the bottom three.  That is why we lose!" shouted Torigoe at Matsuda.

Torigoe later explained that it was his way of motivating Matsuda.  Head coach Hiroshi Ogawa added, "It did not look like he was trying.  I am sure there is a part of him that is tired and worried about the hitting problems.  But we need him to change."

Matsuda later spoke to reporters and said, "They got angry because I did something wrong.  That is it."

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013

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Hayato Terahara is working on a palm ball in the hopes that it also improves his fastball.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles will hold spring camp in Kumejima, Okinawa.

Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

G.G.Sato wants to create a Chiba Lotte Marines version of the Koisuru Fortune Cookie AKB48 dance.  Similar to the one done by Kanagawa Prefecture and Samantha Thavasa.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2013