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[1/31/2015] Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.01, 2015 @ 4:14 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks arrived in Miyazaki on Saturday and participated in a parade to celebrate their Nippon Series Championship. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015
  • Ryota Igarashi learned that he throws the forkball using the same grip Hiroshima's Hiroki Kuroda uses to throw a slider. He thinks it might have something to do with the fingers: he uses his index finger instead of his middle finger when throwing the ball. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters held a press conference for Brandon Laird and Jeremy Hermida on Saturday. Source: official announcement
  • Shohei Otani tossed his fifth bullpen session of the year on Friday. Otani saw more movement in his slider after making some changes to the way he throws the pitch, particularly the grip. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015, Sponichi 1/31/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015 ... Otani's list of pitches, ordered by confidence: fastball, fast curve, forkball, slider, and change-up. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015
  • Sho Nakata weighed 106 kilograms before he left to train in Hawaii. He returned at ninety-eight kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The first round of major roster moves could come on February 16, after intra-squad games on February 14 and 15. Kagoshima Ni-gun camp is slated to begin on February 17. Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori is a candidate for the Samurai Japan team that will be playing two international games in March. Source: Sponichi 1/31/2015
  • There will be a new seating area on the third base side at Seibu Prince Dome this season. Construction has already started. The section should be ready for the Orix series that begins on March 27. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015
  • Tele Asa Ch 2 will be airing all Seibu home games this year. That includes exhibition and inter-league games. Source: official page, official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takahiro Norimoto is currently slated to get the opening day start on March 27 at Sapporo Dome against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2015