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[1/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:48 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a staff meeting at YafuOku Dome on Friday. Kimiyasu Kudo wants to help improve the team's overall level of play by giving young players a chance. Kudo is also planning ask players to exercise moderation with hair styles and facial hair and to refrain from spitting during games and using discouraging words/phrases. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • Mu-Young Kim threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Akira Niho threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Kentaro Inomoto will be registered as an infielder instead of catcher. Masayoshi Tsukada, Seiji Uebayashi, and Hayao Miyazaki will be registered as outfielders instead of infielders. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Maximum capacity at YafuOku Dome will drop by sixty-one to 38,500 this season due to some changes in the seating sections. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Second round draft pick Yuma Mune will head to spring camp with the same kind of bat Ichiro Suzuki uses. Mune is a big Ichiro fan. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • The Buffaloes signed Yusuke Kawasaki and Masaki Ihara to assistant staff contracts. They will be working as batting practice pitchers/scouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015 ... Kikuchi managed to pushed his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • When Takayuki Kishi was asked if he was interested in playing in the Majors in the future during a press conference on Thursday, he replied, "Not at this moment." Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Takahiro Irino threw seventy-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. He is planning to throw to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015