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[1/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jan.09, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

The 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Sendai today.  1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui moved into the room last used by Takahiro Norimoto.  Draft class training camp begins on the 12th.

Source: official announcementSports Hochi 1/9/2014


The Eagles are considering the possibility of retiring Masahiro Tanaka's number eighteen.  Nothing will be decided until after he finalizes a contract with an MLB team.  It is also possible the number will be temporarily retired until another player that deserves it comes along.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2014, Sponichi 1/9/2014

Seibu Lions

3rd round draft pick Takuya Toyoda and 7th round draft pick Kentaro Fukukura tossed bullpen sessions on the first day of training on Wednesday.  Toyoda threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher.

Source: Sanspo 1/9/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

2013 draft class training camp began at Lotte Urawa Stadium today.  Workouts included running, playing catch, and fielding practice.

5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue was required to do thirty push-ups after he failed to complete a 150-meter interval run in thirty seconds.

Source: Daily Sports 1/9/2014, Daily Sports 1/9/2014

Softbank Hawks

2013 draft class training camp began today at the Saitozaki facilities today.  Workouts lasted about two hours and included running and playing catch.  1st round draft pick Ren Kajiya did some exercises on his own because he is still coming back from a stress fracture he suffered last November (third metatarsal of his right foot).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2014

Orix Buffaloes

The 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Kobe today.  Draft class training camp begins on Friday.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2014


The Buffaloes are still looking for another position player on the overseas market that can bat fourth.  It seems they have also narrowed down candidates to right-handed hitters.

Any player they sign might not make it to the start of spring camp.  There's even a chance the player might miss spring camp entirely.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/9/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

The 2013 draft class moved into the team dormitory in Kamagaya today.

A welcoming ceremony for the draft class will be held at Kamagaya on the 19th.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

6th round draft pick Akihiro Hakumura did not want to be distracted by his smartphone and exchanged it for a regular, old-fashioned mobile phone.  He also trashed a bunch of contacts in his address book -- he went from having over three-hundred contacts to about ten.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2014


Shohei Otani took over two-hundred swings in the batting cages at Kamagaya today.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2014


Sho Nakata's third baseman's glove is about two centimeters smaller than his outfielder's glove.  He used the new glove during fielding practice on Wednesday.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2014