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[1/10/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Jan.10, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima, Ginji, Shintaro Masuda, Tetsuro Nishida, Taishi Nakagawa, and Takumi Miyoshi worked out in Ginowan Stadium in Okinawa today.  Workouts lasted about four hours and included running, playing catch, fielding practice, and weight training.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2014

Seibu Lions

The Lions held a press conference to introduce Taiki Nakago and Ryota Wakiya today.  They were assigned the numbers thirty-nine and seven, respectively.

Source: official announcement


2nd round draft pick Hotaka Yamakawa moved into the team dormitory with four bats.  He has already broken two of them.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa did not think he could last a full season at seventy-three kilograms and managed to pack on some weight.  He currently weighs eighty-one kilograms.  He told reporters he threw away all his clothes that no longer fit.

Source: Sanspo 1/10/2014


Training Coach Koichi Osako is in charge of the 2013 draft class training camp.  He was disappointed in the group because they could not properly exchange greetings and were not vocal.

"How disappointing," Osako said.  "They do not know how to reply or greet others properly.  They need to brush up on their skills as members of society."

Source: Sponichi 1/10/2014

Softbank Hawks

There is a good chance 1st round draft pick Ren Kajiya, 2nd round draft pick Yuito Mori, and 3rd round draft pick Ken Okamoto will be assigned to B group spring camp due to all the additions the team made during the off-season.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2014


The media spotted 2nd round draft pick Mori's girlfriend's name stitched on his glove.

"I will not use it professionally.  When my new glove comes, I will put this on display in my room," Mori said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2014

Orix Buffaloes

2013 draft class workouts began at Hotto Motto Field Kobe today.  Workouts included playing catch and fielding practice.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2014


6th round draft pick Kyo Okunami rang in the new year at a local batting center in his home town Kure, Hiroshima.  He started at around 2:00pm on the 31st and finished eleven hours later at 1:00am on the 1st.

"When I finished hitting, I could hear the joya-no kane (New Year's bell ringing ceremony).  It was not until I looked at the clock that I realized it was a new year," Okunami said.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/10/2014