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[1/20/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.20, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The 2013 draft class took eye exams offered by Kikuchi Megane at Nagoya Stadium on Sunday.

2nd round draft pick Katsuki Matayoshi recorded very good visual reaction times, roughly at the same level as Takuya Asao.  Matayoshi also tossed twenty-six pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  It was his second session since the start of draft class training camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

3rd round draft pick Iori Katsura did well with the kinetic visual acuity tests.  His numbers were similar to Motonobu Tanishige.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

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There are some in the organization that feel Kenshin Kawakami would be the best choice to get the opening day start this year, according to Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/20/2014

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General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is a grandfather -- his son's wife gave birth to a girl weighing 2,770 grams.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014

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Over 1,600 people attended Takeshi Yamasaki's retirement party on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars staff meeting lasted about three hours last year.  The meetings this year took place over two days and ran over fifteen hours.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/20214

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The Bay Stars announced that Hisanori Takahashi's registered name will be Hisanori (尚成).

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa is not planning to select a captain this season.  The Swallows did not have a captain in 2011, but did have one in 2012 (Ryoji Aikawa) and 2013 (Hiroyasu Tanaka).

Source: Sanspo 1/20/2014

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The Swallows are planning to assign Wladimir Balentien to Ichi-gun spring camp even if he arrives in Japan later than expected.

Source: Sanspo 1/20/2014

Ogawa is no longer thinking about shifting Balentien to first base because he feels the slugger might not have had enough time to practice during the off-season with all that was going on (celebrations, parades, and more recently, his arrest).  There is also a very good chance he will not make it back to Japan in time for the start of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014

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Pitching coach Tomohito Ito participated in the 38th Sanspo Chiba Marine Marathon on Sunday.  He ran the men's half-marathon in one hour, fifty-six minutes, and forty-two seconds.  He finished in 3,840th place.

Atsuya Furuta was also scheduled to run, but could not because of a strained back.

Source: Sanspo 1/20/2014