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[1/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.14, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The 2013 draft class took vision training tests today.  1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi's thirty-four points out of forty was the top score.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

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Kan Otake's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 2,734 grams, at a hospital in Toyohashi, Aichi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

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Shinnosuke Abe's training group in Guam has added rope workouts to their sessions.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014

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J. League "dormitory mothers" Akiko Murano (Vissel Kobe) and Sayaka Matsuura (Consadole Sapporo) are in charge of nutrition for players participating in Tetsuya Utsumi's training camp in Guam.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014, Sanspo 1/14/2014

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The Japan Women's Baseball League announced that East Astraia added Takanobu Tsujiuchi to their coaching staff.

Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai has been participating in the Goma-gyo (Goma Fire Ceremony) at Saifukuji Temple since the 2004 off-season.

Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2014, Sponichi 1/14/2014

"No matter how many times I do this, it is difficult.  When I came here ten years ago, I was trying to win an everyday job.  I thought this might be a good way to get myself back to square one.  I felt numb all over [toward the end].  I thought I was going to pass out," Arai said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome is working out in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His days last about seven hours, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  He takes a day off for every three days of workouts.  He is currently focused on strengthening his lower body (he did not pack any bats when he left for Hawaii on the 6th).  On Sunday (Hawaii Time) he lifted weights in the morning and did some running in the afternoon -- two 400-meters, four 200-meters, six 100-meters, and eight 50-meters.  He is slated to return to Japan on the 16th.

Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2014, Sponichi 1/14/2014

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Hayata Ito is trying out a Yoshinobu Takahashi model bat manufactured by Mitsuwa Tiger.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

The 2013 draft class had a variety of their motions (including throwing motions) captured by a three-dimensional motion analysis system during their fitness tests on Monday.  The system is made up of two high-speed cameras, in addition to seventeen other cameras.  Only a handful of these systems exist in Japan.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014, Daily Sports 1/14/2014

1st round draft pick Daichi Osera's fitness score was a ninety-two, top among the 2013 draft class.  5th round draft pick Yuta Nakamura came in second with a score of ninety-one.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Shinji Tajima worked out in Tottori today with Masahiro Yamamoto and Hitoki Iwase.  Tajima tossed twenty-seven pitches to a standing catcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

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Training camp at Nagoya Stadium will take place between the 15th and 25th, from 10:00am until about 1:00pm.  Admission will be free.  There will be no workouts on the 18th and 22nd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

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Shota Sugiuchi managed to drop eight kilograms in about three weeks.  He currently weighs eighty-three kilograms.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

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Takeru Furumoto purchased hair clippers at discount store Don Quijote on Sunday and shaved his hair as an act of determination.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura worked out in Nishinomiya, Hyogo today.  His workouts included running, playing catch, and about thirty minutes of batting practice against a pitching machine.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014

Nakamura would like stay at third, but will also be ready to spend time at short and second, if necessary.

Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2014

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Takayuki Kajitani worked out at Athlete (training gym) in Hiroshima on Monday.  Gym representative Yoji Hiraoka told reporters he was impressed with Kajitani's strength.

"When [Tomoaki] Kanemoto was at his peak, he squatted 2.42 times his own weight.  Kajitani will be able to do 2.4 to 2.5 as well," said Hiraoka.  "His muscles are very strong.  He is probably one or two in the 150 or so [professional baseball players] I have seen.  [Sho] Nakata, [Yuki] Yanagita?  There is no comparison.  He is one of a few players that has a chance to do a triple three."

Triple three = bat .300, hit thirty home runs, steal thirty bases.

Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2014, Sponichi 1/14/2013

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto visited Yasushi Iihara's training camp in Matsuyama, Ehime on Monday and spent about four hours working with players -- he hit grounders for about twenty minutes and threw grounders for another twenty during fielding practice; and tossed about 900 pitches during batting practice to all eight players (around two hours).

Source: Daily Sports 1/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014

One comment on “[1/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

  1. Chris

    Kajitani gets thrown out almost as much as he steals successfully. If he is serious about wanting a triple three, he needs to get better at stealing. Unfortunately, most players who are that strong and have that much natural power lose the ability (inclination?) to steal rather quickly. Which is a shame, because I like watching speedy guys. We’ll see…

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