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[1/16/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada wants to watch profession pitchers toss bullpen sessions because he has never had a chance to watch them up close.  He feels it will be a good way to measure his own development.  Iwasada is currently able to throw the ball a distance of about eighty meters.  He told reporters he was throwing at about seventy percent.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014

Iwasada did not participate in 2013 draft class workouts today because he was not feeling well -- he had a fever and went to the hospital for a check-up.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2014

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Atsushi Nomi's three requirements to being a staff ace: stability, presence, and trust.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014

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Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi told reporters he does not plan on using Shintaro Fujinami in games while the team is in Okinawa.  He might get a chance to pitch a couple innings, but "not in relief and not three or four innings."

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

Sponichi seems to think Fujinami might get to pitch in an exhibition game on the 22nd against Hiroshima.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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The Tigers held a staff meeting at a hotel in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on Wednesday to discuss plans for spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

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Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu spoke to reporters about Gratii celebrations on Wednesday and said he never suggested that the team should stop.  He just felt it was important for Hanshin, a team with tradition, to have some respect.  He said it was up to the players and organization to decide what to do.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014