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[2/9/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 3:55 am, under NPB

Name Date Swings Notes
Shintaro Masuda 2/8 14 Faced Takahiro Shiomi; collected ten could-be hits.  Sports Hochi 2/9/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/9 51 Including curves and sliders; sixth session since the start of camp.  Sponichi 2/9/2014
Loek Van Mil Bullpen 2/9 ~50 Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014


Quick Notes

  • Loek Van Mil joined practices on Sunday.  This is not his first tryout with an NPB team -- he attended a tryout with Softbank last fall.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014
  • Yusuke Kosai's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,400 grams, at a hospital in Fukuoka on January 27.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014


The Eagles have a no facial hair policy, but will make an exception for Kevin Youkilis (granted by owner Hiroshi Mikitani), provided he keep it neat.  He is also apparently prepared to shave it off he struggles at the plate.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014, Sports Hochi 2/9/2014

For those interested, the Eagles have posted footage from Youkilis' first day (includes portions of press conference).


Ni-gun manager Hiromoto Okubo managed to lose twenty-two kilograms during the winter.

Okubo was invited to Ginji's wedding ceremony on October 3, 2013.  When he pulled out his suit for the ceremony, he could not fit into it.  He started running about an hour everyday after the ceremony and was down twenty kilograms by December 7.  He kept at it and lost another two.  He weighed 117 kilograms before he started exercising.  He is now ninety-five kilograms.

Source: ZakZak 2/9/2014