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[5/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants hold press conference for Frederich Cepeda

by on May.12, 2014 @ 7:40 pm, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference at their team office in Tokyo today to introduce newcomer Frederich Cepeda.  Cepeda was assigned the number twenty-three.  He is scheduled to work out at the Ni-gun facilities in Kawasaki on Tuesday and Wednesday.  He will meet up with the Ichi-gun team at Tokyo Dome before Thursday's game against Yakult to give coaches a chance to see him during practices.  Tatsunori Hara told reporters nothing was set in stone and that he was open to adding Cepeda to the active roster depending on his condition.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 5/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/12/2014, Daily Sports 5/12/2014

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Sponichi posted portions of Cepeda's interaction with the media:

What are your impressions of Japanese baseball and the Yomiuri Giants?

I think the pitchers are talented and there's speed in the game.  The Giants have tradition and are the oldest team in Japan.  I'm excited for the opportunity to play.

What kind of player do you think you are?

I think I'm a contact hitter.  I try my best to get good wood on the ball.  I always give it my 100 percent best.

What do you think about being the first player to come to Japan with acceptance from government?

I'm proud to be here.  I think other players will follow.  I want to learn baseball [here] and pass it on.

It's been a month since the season [in Cuba] ended.  How do you feel?

The season did end a month ago, but I started practicing a week after things ended.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2014