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[1/16/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

The 2013 draft class got their teeth checked out in the afternoon on Wednesday.  They also took bite force tests.  1st round draft pick Daichi Osera's bite force was measured at 953 Newtons.  3rd round draft pick Kosuke Tanaka's led all members of the 2013 draft class with a bite force of 1,143 Newtons.  The bite force for an average male is about 690 Newtons.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014Sanspo 1/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

The 2013 draft class worked out at Mazda Stadium today for the first time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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The Carp are planning to assign 3rd round draft pick Tanaka to Ichi-gun spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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Shogo Kimura is slated to earned his domestic FA option some time this season.  He told reporters on Wednesday that while he does know about the option, he does not plan to think about it until after the season and will only focus on having a good year.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons, including Yohei Oshima, Naomichi Donoue, and Team President Takao Sasaki, visited Narita-san Nagoya Betsui Daishoji Temple in Inuyama, Aichi today to pray for a successful season.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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Hitoki Iwase has made changes to his pitching mechanics that makes it feel as though he is letting his clavicle bone "fly out."

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014

To Nikkan Sports, Iwase explained that he was throwing the ball as if he was doing a shoulder throw in Judo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

Iwase and Masahiro Yamamoto are working on a new type of pitch that starts off looking like a shuto, but ends with movement like a slider and knuckles downward.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yasutomo Kubo threw twenty-five pitches off a mound during workouts in Ishigaki, Okinawa today (squatting catcher).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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Pitching coach Takeo Kawamura told ZakZak in an interview that while Jorge Sosa is their primary closer, they also plan to give Shun Yamaguchi another look.  Kawamura is also looking forward to seeing how Shinji Ohara performs out of the bullpen as a left-handed reliever in the 7th.

Source: ZakZak 1/16/2014