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[2/10/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Feb.11, 2015 @ 4:28 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa got some light work in at first base on Tuesday for the first time during spring camp this year. He could get more practice time at first depending on what Kimiyasu Kudo wants to do. Source: Sponichi 2/10/2015
  • The Hawks will hand out 10,000 Daisuke Matsuzaka "big" cards to fans that visit Ikimenomori Sports Park on the 15th. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Tuesday.
  • Shohei Otani is slated to pitch in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 2/10/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Tuesday.
  • The Marines released Nico Nico stream viewer numbers for the second block camp (February 6-9): Day 5 - 40,728 viewers and 9,554 comments; Day 6 - 41,010 viewers and 10,292 comments; Day 7 - 44,947 viewers and 11,089 comments; Day 8 - 39,907 viewers and 11,593 comments. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps had the day off on Tuesday.
  • Ginjiro Sumitani received a brand new Shock Doctor Flex Cup from Yomiuri's Shinnosuke Abe. The veteran Abe is retiring his catcher's mitt this season and he sees Sumitani as one of the top catchers in the NPB. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ichi-gun camp had the day off on Tuesday.
  • Hiroshi Katayama will be converted to an infielder due to left elbow problems. Source: official announcement

5 comments on “[2/10/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

  1. muratafan

    Katayama a 6’4″ lefty can pretty much only play 1st base. And, he hasn’t hit since when?

    I think it may be time for Katayama to hang up the cleats. He was good for awhile, but even in NPB I have never heard of this kind of comeback. Of course, Rick Ankiel pulled it off at St. Louis, but he was clearly the exception, rather than the rule.

    1. IM

      Definitely looks like a long shot. A major part of what allowed Ankiel to have a degree of success is he could put his strong arm to use in the outfield. Katayama is making the change because he can’t throw due to injury so everything is riding on how he hits, that will be very tough.

      1. Kozo

        Itoi never pitched for the top team and converted relatively early into his pro career. Yuhei is definitely my go-to example for converted players, and I’m sure the type of player that gives Katayama hope.

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