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[1/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jan.21, 2014 @ 12:43 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Tomoyuki Sugano is scheduled to toss his first bullpen session of the year on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2014

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The 2013 draft class was told that they are not allowed to smoke.  Facebook and Twitter have also been banned.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014

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Players will no longer be allowed to chew gum during games this season.  The ban has already been confirmed among the manager and coaches.  Players will be informed of the decision during a team meeting on the 31st.

Gum may have beneficial properties, like improving concentration and helping with relaxation, but the organization is concerned about its image, particularly the one fans see on television.  This also ties into the Giants celebrating their eightieth anniversary this year and wanting to emphasize a line in their charter that says they should always be a team of gentleman.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami threw thirty-four pitches, including his curve, slider, cutter, fork, change, and two-seamer,  in the bullpen on Monday.  It was his third session at Naruohama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014, Daily Sports 1/20/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada was still not feeling well enough to participate in 2013 draft class training camp on Sunday.  He has been out with a fever since the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 1/20/2014

5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto tossed a bullpen session on Monday.  He threw eight pitches to a standing catcher and thirty-one pitches to a squatting catcher.  4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno caught the session.  It was Yamamoto's first session at Naruohama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi compared 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki's pitching motion to Lotte's Yoshihisa Naruse.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome dropped five kilograms this off-season.  He went on a four-day liquid fast after the season, dropped the weight, and has so far managed to keep it off.  He also consulted with experts and added more fermented foods (like cheese) to his diet.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

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Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu knows the Yomiuri Giants have a solid team this year, but he also believes that the Tigers have the better farm system and could make a strong push if the young players step up.  And while he was all about motivating young players with praise during fall camp, he plans to take a tougher approach during spring camp because there will be more at stake.

Source: Sanspo 1/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

1st round draft pick Daichi Osera and 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri tossed bullpen sessions side-by-side on Monday.

For Osera, it was his second bullpen since the start of draft class training camp.  He threw fifty pitches (including breaks balls) to a standing catcher.

Kuri threw fifty pitches (including breaking balls) to a standing catcher.  It was his first session.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014Sponichi 1/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014, Daily Sports 1/20/2014