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[1/30/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 2:01 am, under NPB

The Tigers arrived in Okinawa on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Mauro Gomez is scheduled to arrive on February 6 and will join the team in Okinawa on the 7th.  Gomez's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl, on the 27th.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Randy Bass holds the franchise record for hits by a foreign player with 743.  Matt Murton is fifty-four hits away from setting a new record.  Murton starting taking batting practice in December because he was able to find someone to throw him baseballs.  He focused a lot of his off-season training on his lower half.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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Randy Messenger has not started a game against the Yomiuri Giants since September 5, 2012 (at Koshien).  Messenger tossed batting practice to university players twice before arriving in Japan on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014

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The Tigers might be a little worried that Seung Hwan Oh will push himself too hard this year after failing to sign a contract with an MLB team.  They may have asked him to slow things down after seeing how much work he did in Guam.  While there is nothing wrong with using failure as motivation, the last thing they want is for Oh to overwork himself and get hurt (probably the last thing Oh wants as well).

Source: ZakZak 1/30/2014

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Minoru Iwata threw about thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday.  He also played catch with new teammate Oh.

Source: Sanpso 1/30/2014

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Footage of Shintaro Fujinami pitching in a game from last season will be appearing in a television commercial for parent company Hanshin Denki Tetsudo.  The new spot will hit TVs in the Kansai area on February 22.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada throws the fastball with three fingers on the seams.  He told reporters the extra finger helps him throw the ball at more of an angle and, as an added bonus, allows him to throw breaking pitches, like the slider, curve, and change-up, without making too many adjustments to his grip (just a matter of shifting the ball around to re-position which fingers are on the seams).

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

Iwasada threw twenty-seven pitches, including his curve, cutter, and slider, to a squatting catcher on Thursday.  Shinya Azuhata caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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The Tigers rebuilt some of the mounds Ginoza with the same kind of red dirt used at Koshien Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2014

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NPB teams may be keeping a close eye on Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu and the players he is working with to see how things turn out, according to a report by Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/30/2014

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Team Owner Shinya Sakai is planning to visit Ginoza spring camp twice this year, once beginning on the 9th for three days and again about a week later.

Source: Sanpso 1/30/2014