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[2/20/2014] Shunsuke Watanabe, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm, under MLB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/19 30 Third session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Tomo Ohka Bullpen 2/19 35 First session; mostly knuckleballs.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama Bullpen 2/19 40 First session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe Bullpen 2/19 38 Including breaking pitch; using minor league baseball.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe met former teammate Julio Zuleta and posted some thoughts on his blog.  He mentions that Zuleta is interested in returning to Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014

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Ichiro Suzuki told the Associated Press he did not get frustrated with the news of the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.  His reaction, was "oops."  Asked about reaching 3,000 hits, he said it was not a goal he was thinking about right now, but might should he ever get closer to it.  He added that he was taking things one year at a time.

Source: Associated Press 2/19/2014 (Washington Post)

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo will be celebrating Ichiro's 4,000th NPB+MLB hit with a special exhibition that will open on February 22 and run for about year.  Various memorabilia, including uniforms from the three organizations he has played for (Orix, Seattle, New York), will be put on display.

Source: official announcement

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Masahiro Tanaka could toss some batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014

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Funai Electric extended their partnership agreement with the Boston Red Sox.

Source: Press Release 2/19/2014 (Funai)

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The New York Daily News' Christian Red has written a piece on Hideki Matsui.

“The timing of when I retired and when (my son) was born was pretty much the same time. It was a big turning point in my life,” Matsui says. “My life is so drastically different, to where (my son) almost makes you forget about baseball, or that I was even playing baseball. It’s been great. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my family and my son. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I feel I’m very lucky to spend this much time with my family.”

Source: New York Daily News 2/18/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

Matsui flew from his home in New York to Tampa on the 19th.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/20/2014