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[1/25/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.26, 2014 @ 3:02 am, under NPB

Takahiro Arai will take his first baseman's mitt and third baseman's glove to spring camp.  He wants to secure an everyday job and his sights are set on first base.  He does not consider being a bat off the bench an option.

Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2014

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After leaving Guam on the 22nd, Seung Hwan Oh returned to Korea, swung by Osaka, and then arrived at Okinawa on Friday.  He told reporters he wanted to build good rapport with his new teammates through communication.  He said he was more than happy to treat younger players to meals and was willing to talk about anything.  He also said he hoped older players would do the same for him.

Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2014, Sponichi 1/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2014

Oh worked out at Ginoza Stadium in Okinawa on Saturday.  He had a chance to meet Kentaro Sekimoto and Atsushi Nomi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2014

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Baseball equipment manufacturer Zett is preparing two gloves for Shintaro Fujinami: one red and one black.  They have not made any significant changes over the model he used last season.  Zett suggested the addition of a red glove based on what Fujinami used when he helped his high school win the spring and summer Koshien Tournaments in 2012 -- he used a black glove in the spring and a red glove in the summer.  Fujinami used the same two colors last season, but went from red in the spring to black in the summer.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2014

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2013 draft class training camp ended at Naruohama on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada returned to regular workouts on Friday for the first time in nine days.  He was out six days with a fever, beginning on the 16th.  He was able to resume basic workouts indoors on the 22nd.  He moved outdoors on the 23rd and was back to regular workouts on Friday.  Coaches assigned him to Ni-gun spring camp during a staff meeting on the 23rd because they did not want to rush him.

Iwasada is hoping to toss one or two bullpen session before the start of spring camp.  If he is feeling ready, he could pitch in a practice game at Ni-gun spring camp against Seibu on February 11.  If he does well, he might be moved up to Ichi-gun camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2014

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Daiki Enokida wore a Team Uehara t-shirt during workouts at Naruohama on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 1/25/2014

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Yamato signed with Kubota Undoguten (Kubota Slugger).  He will be using a lighter glove this season with a snugger fit.

Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2014

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There will be early morning practices during Ni-gun spring camp.  Players will apparently begin their day by swinging the bat at 6:30am.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2014