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[1/31/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.01, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under NPB

The Tigers arrived at Aki, Kochi spring camp on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh wore cleats for the first time during workouts on Thursday.  He will be testing a number of different kinds of cleats from various manufacturers during spring camp.  He tried a pair from Mizuno on Thursday.  He will also be testing cleats from Asics and Descente.  He will not make a final decision until after he has had a chance to try the cleats while throwing off a mound.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2014

The Tigers are planning to sell Oh t-shirts and towels beginning on the first day of spring camp in Ginoza, Okinawa.  Oh's name will be written in both Japanese and Korean characters.  The organization is hoping for an increase in Korean fans, but so far not much has changed -- they have only received one media inquiry from the Korean press and Ginoza officials have not received any inquiries from Korean tourists.

Source: ZakZak 1/31/2014

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Atsushi Nomi threw forty-one pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2014

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Masahiro Nakatani did not participate in pre-spring camp workouts in Okinawa on Thursday because he was not feeling well.  He went to the hospital for an examination and rested at the team hotel.

Source: Sanspo 1/31/2014

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Takashi Toritani would like the team to work closer together this season.  He suggested players using off-days more effectively by scheduling full-squad practice days and full-squad rest days.  He stressed the importance of solidarity and team unity.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2014

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If players at Kochi spring camp want to get promoted, their best shot might to be prove themselves before Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu heads to Okinawa spring camp on February 12.  The practice game against Seibu on the 11th could become an important date for players at Kochi camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2014