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[1/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.07, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The eight members of the 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Kawasaki today.

Source: official announcement

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Susumu Orui worked out with track and field athlete Chisato Fukushima in Hokkaido today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

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Hayato Sakamoto worked out at Giants Stadium today for the first time this year.  His workouts included running, playing catch, and weight training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

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The Giants will be celebrating its eightieth anniversary this year (The Dai Nippon Tokyo Yakyu Club was established in 1934).

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014

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Hideki Matsui will be a special instructor during spring camp.  He will be with the team until about mid-February.  He will then most likely return to New York before heading to Tampa to work as a special instructor with the New York Yankees.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/7/2014

Tokyo Sports does not think Matsui has any interest in managing the Yomiuri Giants (at least not any time right away) based on comments he made during an event in Nomi, Ishikawa today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/7/2014

Matsui was presented with an Citizen's Honor Award by Nomi, Ishikawa today.  He was also named an honorary tourism ambassador.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

The six members of the 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory near the Naruohama training facilities today.

Source: official announcement

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The Tigers are reportedly open to possible trades that might help bolster their starting rotation.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh is scheduled to arrive in Okinawa on January 24.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami signed an advisory contract with Zett, effective January 1.  One of his jobs will be to help promote their new Neo Status product line, geared toward junior high school, high school, and university level players.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada is thinking about using Sayuri Ishikawa's "Amagi Goe" for his intro song.  Ichiro Suzuki used the same song for his intro in 2008.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

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Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu will first work with players at Ni-gun spring camp in Aki, Kochi before heading to Ichi-gun spring camp in Okinawa on the 11th.  He will spend about a week with the Ichi-gun players and then return to Kochi.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2014

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The Tigers usually rely on rental cars during Ni-gun spring camp in Kochi.  This year, they might get to use eco-friendly Mitsubishi cars thanks to Kakefu's connections with the company.

Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2014

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CORRECTION: It was Ryota Arai, not Takahiro Arai, that did ten saftey squats at 240 kilograms on Monday.

Additionally, R. Arai's previous high was 230 kilograms.  He is also currently doing regular squats at 170 kilograms.  His high for regular squats is 180 kilograms.  He has managed to keep his weight at ninety-eight kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp held a press conference to introduce Ryuji Ichioka today.  He has been assigned the number thirty.

Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki, Yohei Oshima, Ryosuke Hirata, Ryoji Nakata, and Hayato Mizowaki worked out in Kumamoto today.  The group also climbed the 3,333 steps at Misato.  Oshima finished the climb in thirty-seven minutes.  In order of arrival at the top: Oshima, Mizowaki, Nakata, Araki, Hirata.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2014

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There will be an increase in Motonobu Tanishige merchandise this year, perhaps close to twice as much as last year.  Some of the items will be designed by Tanishige.

Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Seven members of the 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Yokosuka, Kanagawa today.  3rd round draft pick Hiroki Minei will move in a day late on Wednesday.

2013 draft class training camp begins on Wednesday.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/7/2014

2nd round draft pick Shingo Hirata (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman on December 19.  He had the option to live with his wife, but felt it might be easier to live out of the team facilities during the preseason.

Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2014

5th round draft pick Taiki Sekine gained six kilograms since last summer -- from seventy-two kilograms to seventy-eight kilograms.

Source: Daily Sports 1/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

1st round draft pick Toshihiro Sugiura and 2nd round draft pick Naomichi Nishiura moved into the team dormitory in Toda, Saitama today.

2013 draft class training camp will take place at the indoor Jingu Stadium facilities between the 9th and 27th.

Source: official announcement