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[10/28/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 9:26 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata promised to give Shohei Otani a reward if he won fifteen games this season. Otani lost a little steam toward the end of the season, but still managed to go 15-5. He asked Nakata for a nice fountain pen. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2015 ... Otani threw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen on October 24. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2015
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa finished his four-day fast and returned to practices on October 24. He told reporters he lost four kilograms and felt lighter and refreshed. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2015
  • Kenshi Sugiya told reporters on October 24 that he and Yuki Saito were making plans to train in Hawaii for about two weeks in January. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced that they are going to send Kazumasa Yoshida and Sachiya Yamasaki to play winter ball in Puerto Rico with the Indios de Mayagues. Ni-gun pitching coach Masafumi Hirai will accompany them. The two pitchers will attend pre-season camp between October 25 and 29. They will be available to play in season games between October 30 and December 11. Source: official announcement
  • Orix is planning to shift their focus to player development. They are also planning to create a strengthening/conditioning program to improve overall player performance. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015
  • Alessandro Maestri made the Italian national team for the Premier 12. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015