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[1/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

The Giants announced today that Hideki Matsui will be a special instructor during spring camp, between February 1 and 13.

Source: official announcement

Matsui said he might be willing to take some swings at the plate if Tatsunori Hara was willing to join him in a home run derby.  Hara told reporters today he would have to think about it.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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The Giants held a staff meeting in Tokyo today to discuss plans for spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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Hirokazu Sawamura has moved away from heavy lifting because he feels it has not helped him on the field as a pitcher the last three years.  He knows the weights helped him build a solid foundation, but past that, he is no longer certain if it is something he needs to continue doing to find success.  He also realizes this is an important year and wants to mix things up and try something new.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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There is a good chance that Daisuke Nakai will get looks in the outfield with the addition of Hirokazu Ibata and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  Nakai will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp.

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

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1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi could make his "debut" in an intra-squad game on February 11.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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The Giants will likely try various combinations of Ibata, Kataoka, and Hayato Sakamoto up the middle during spring camp.  Takayuki Terauchi could also be thrown into the mix to expand options.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014

Up to seven players could end up competing for the two middle infield positions: Ibata, Kataoka, Sakamoto, Terauchi, Nakai, Daisuke Fujimura, and Soichiro Tateoka.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

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The Giants are planning to add former Hiroshima Carp infielder Tsubasa Nakatani to their staff as a bullpen catcher.  Nakatani was primarily a second baseman when he actively played and has no experience catching.  He is currently learning the ropes.  He was selected for his personality.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

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The media learned that Shigeo Nagashima resigned from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Special Selection Committee because he wanted to give younger people a chance at the position.

Source: ZakZak 1/16/2014

Nagashima is scheduled to drop by Ichi-gun spring camp on the 11th and 12th.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014