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[2/3/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 6:03 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 3

  • Matt Murton - sixty-one swings, eight over the fence
  • Kosuke Fukudome - sixty-three swings, nine over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Takashi Toritani - sixty-four swings, forty-two could-be hits including fifteen over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Shintaro Fujinami - forty-seven pitches to squatting catcher; someone stood in the batter's box during portions of the session
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - fifty-six pitches to squatting catcher; third session in as many days
  • Daiki Enokida - 153 pitches; third session in as many days

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Daily Sports 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Atsushi Nomi - eighty-five pitches; all fastballs

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

February 1

  • Daiki Enokida - ninety-five pitches
  • Minoru Iwata - seventy pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Yutaka Wada would like to see Minoru Iwata, Daiki Enokida, Naoto Tsuru, and Hirokazu Shiranita combine for at least thirty victories this season.  The same four won ten games last year: Enokida four, Tsuru three, Iwata two, and Shiranita one.

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014

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According to Tokyo Sports, Shintaro Fujinami is working on two different kinds of pitching styles: Fujinami A focuses on the hard stuff while Fujinami B is more about changing speeds and getting hitters to put the ball into the play.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/3/2014

Fujinami continues to do throwing exercises with his left arm.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh uses spray bottles as part of his training -- he fills the spray bottle with water and, with arm stretched out, pulls the spray trigger until all the water is gone.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota missed his second straight day of workouts on Sunday with a fever.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu did not toss any batting practice on Monday. ... Kakefu made tempura for some of the players on Saturday night.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

[2/2/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 6:12 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • Kosuke Fukudome - forty-four swings, six over the fence
  • Takashi Toritani - sixty-four swings, fifteen over the fence
  • Matt Murton - fifty-seven swings, nine over the fence

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • Kosuke Fukudome - lunch-time batting practice: sixty-one swings, sixteen over the fence; regular batting practice: seventy-six swings, ten over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Minoru Iwata - 151 pitches
  • Daiki Enokida - 136 pitches
  • Randy Messenger - forty-eight pitches; including breaking balls
  • Kazuhito Futagami - 113 pitches
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda - 106 pitches
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - 32 pitches to squatting catcher

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Daily Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • 1st round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto - over fifty pitches; Pitching Coach Takashi Yamaguchi had to stop the session
  • Minoru Iwata - seventy pitches to squatting catcher
  • Atsushi Nomi - seventy pitches; all fastballs; he had someone stand in the right-handed batter's box partway through the session
  • Kazuhito Futagami - 111 pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014, Sanspo 2/2/2014, Daily Sports 2/2/2014Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome swung the bat about 500 times on Saturday.  In addition to lunch-time and regular batting practice, he stayed back after general workouts for forty-five minutes of soft-toss batting practice and fifteen minutes in the batting cages (machine that tosses curves).

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

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The Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, and Hiroshima Carp watched Shintaro Fujinami's bullpen session on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Yutaka Wada swung the bat 193 times while hitting grounders during fielding practice on Saturday.  If players failed to field the ball properly, he followed up with three to five more in a row.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu tossed batting practice to Daichi Okazaki on Sunday (forty-seven pitches).

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

Kakefu also hit 108 baseballs to Fumiya Hojo, Tetsuya Sakaguchi, and Shinta Hifumi on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

[2/1/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 1

  • Matt Murton - sixty-nine swings, none over the fence
  • Kosuke Fukudome - sixty-one swings, sixteen over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Shintaro Fujinami - forty-nine pitches to squatting catcher; all pitches including slider, cutter, fork, change-up, two-seamer.
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - ? to standing catcher, fourteen to squatting catcher; including cuve and slider; Takeshi Hidaka caught the session
  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki - fifty-five to a squatting catcher; including breaking pitches like sinker; Shinya Azuhata caught the session

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Kochi camp began at 6:25am on Saturday morning.  Thirteen players, including Fumiya Hojo and Shinta Hifumi, attended the early morning session.

Players swung a special red bat back and forth for about fifteen minutes before swinging a regular bat for roughly twenty-five minutes.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh took some batting practice on Saturday for the first time since he was in high school.  Oh could toss his first bullpen session on the 7th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome swung the bat over 500 times on the first day of spring camp on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Takashi Toritani and Naoto Nishida took fielding practice at short on Saturday.  Nishida stayed back after general workouts for extra fielding practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota missed the first day of Aki camp on Saturday with a fever.  He rested at the team hotel.  The Tigers do not think it is the flu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami added two kilograms to his frame this off-season and pushed his weight to ninety kilograms.  He will continue to increase his weight little by little over the next five years. ... Pitching Coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is not planning to place any pitch count limits on Fujinami during spring camp, but will likely place limits on the number of bullpen sessions he throws during each block of spring camp. ... Fujinami's workouts on Saturday included fielding practice, running, base-running.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014, Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata's spring camp slogan is "Go get it!"  He wants players to be aggressive and take the bull by the horns.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu did not pack any regular street clothes for spring camp.  All he has is training wear.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

Yutaka Wada is moving away from giving Okinawa and Kochi camps Ichi-gun and Ni-gun labels.  Kakefu feels the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun labels might actually help younger players by providing them with a more concrete goal.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2014

Kakefu tossed batting practice to Hojo (sixty-four pitches) on Saturday.  He received a nice round of applause from the fans when he took the mound.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2014

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The Tigers have given players about 100 to 500 baseball cards to hand out to fans when they do not have enough time to stop and sign autographs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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The Tigers are planning to conduct random physical fitness tests during spring camp.  They will also be using a Keiser Functional Trainer (about 1.5 million yen).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014Sanspo 2/1/2014

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The cheerleading team began their "training camp" on Saturday in Osaka.  Workouts lasted about four hours.  They are scheduled to make their debut during a game against Chunichi at Kyocera Dome on April 1.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

[1/30/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 2:01 am, under NPB
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The Tigers arrived in Okinawa on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Mauro Gomez is scheduled to arrive on February 6 and will join the team in Okinawa on the 7th.  Gomez's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl, on the 27th.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Randy Bass holds the franchise record for hits by a foreign player with 743.  Matt Murton is fifty-four hits away from setting a new record.  Murton starting taking batting practice in December because he was able to find someone to throw him baseballs.  He focused a lot of his off-season training on his lower half.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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Randy Messenger has not started a game against the Yomiuri Giants since September 5, 2012 (at Koshien).  Messenger tossed batting practice to university players twice before arriving in Japan on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014

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The Tigers might be a little worried that Seung Hwan Oh will push himself too hard this year after failing to sign a contract with an MLB team.  They may have asked him to slow things down after seeing how much work he did in Guam.  While there is nothing wrong with using failure as motivation, the last thing they want is for Oh to overwork himself and get hurt (probably the last thing Oh wants as well).

Source: ZakZak 1/30/2014

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Minoru Iwata threw about thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday.  He also played catch with new teammate Oh.

Source: Sanpso 1/30/2014

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Footage of Shintaro Fujinami pitching in a game from last season will be appearing in a television commercial for parent company Hanshin Denki Tetsudo.  The new spot will hit TVs in the Kansai area on February 22.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada throws the fastball with three fingers on the seams.  He told reporters the extra finger helps him throw the ball at more of an angle and, as an added bonus, allows him to throw breaking pitches, like the slider, curve, and change-up, without making too many adjustments to his grip (just a matter of shifting the ball around to re-position which fingers are on the seams).

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

Iwasada threw twenty-seven pitches, including his curve, cutter, and slider, to a squatting catcher on Thursday.  Shinya Azuhata caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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The Tigers rebuilt some of the mounds Ginoza with the same kind of red dirt used at Koshien Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2014

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NPB teams may be keeping a close eye on Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu and the players he is working with to see how things turn out, according to a report by Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/30/2014

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Team Owner Shinya Sakai is planning to visit Ginoza spring camp twice this year, once beginning on the 9th for three days and again about a week later.

Source: Sanpso 1/30/2014

[1/29/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.30, 2014 @ 12:35 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions

January 28

  • Atsushi Nomi - Ginoza bullpen; thirty-one pitches to standing catcher, fourteen to squatting catcher; first session of the year
  • Shintaro Fujinami - Ginoza bullpen; thirty-four pitches to squatting catcher; fastball, curve, slider, cutter, fork, and four change-ups
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - Naruohama bullpen, twenty pitches to standing catcher; fastball, seven curveballs
  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki - Naruohama bullpen, fifty pitches

January 27

  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki - Naruohama bullpen, fifty-five pitches

Sources: Sanspo 1/29/2014, Daily Sports 1/29/2014Sanspo 1/29/2014Sanspo 1/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Randy Messenger arrived at Kansai Airport on Wednesday.  He is looking forward to starting a game against the Yomiuri Giants this year after finishing last year with just one relief appearance against them.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

Matt Murton also arrived in Japan on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami had the chance to review his delivery using footage from a high-speed camera after his bullpen session on Tuesday, courtesy Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS).

Source: Sponichi 1/29/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh does not want to rush himself and will probably hold off on tossing a bullpen session during the first block of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/29/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada could toss his next bullpen session on the 30th.

Source: Daily Sports 1/29/2014

[1/28/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 12:12 am, under NPB
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Ryota Arai took forty-three during swings batting practice on Tuesday and hit three over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Daiki Enokida threw seventy-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

Umeno took forty-seven swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-four could-be hits, including one that went over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami's workouts in Okinawa on Monday lasted about five and a half hours (from 10:00am until after 3:30pm) and included playing catch, running, batting practice, and weight training.  He did not toss a bullpen session.

Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2014

Fujinami threw thirty-four pitches, including breaking balls, on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher on Tuesday.  It was his first bullpen session at the Naruohama training facilities this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

According to Sports Hochi, the catcher was squatting.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2014

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4th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Shinji Komiyama caught the session.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Hayata Ito took fifty-one swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-five could be hits, including two that went over the fence and six up against the outfield wall.  Ito's workouts on Monday started at 10:00am and ended at about 3:30pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Ryosuke Ogata took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-six could be hits.

Source: Sanpso 1/28/2014

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Takashi Toritani visited children's ward at  Osaka City University Hospital on Monday.  When asked about this year's standings, he predicted Giants, Tigers, Carp, Dragons, Swallows, and Bay Stars.

Needless to say, the prediction was not very popular.  He later explained that he tried to look at things as objectively as possible.  He added that he and the Tigers would do their best to win first place and that in return, he expected the kids to do their best to get better.  He also promised to invite the kids to Koshien as soon as they were healthy enough.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/28/2014Sports Hochi 1/28/2014, Sanspo 1/28/2014, Sponichi 1/28/2014

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Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is planning to tossing batting practice during spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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The Hanshin Department Store will begin selling Hanshin Tigers Chocolates for Valentine's Day beginning on the 29th.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 1/28/2014

[1/15/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 1:39 am, under NPB
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The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday at their offices in Nishinomiya, Hyogo to introduce Kazunari Tsuruoka.  He was assigned the number forty.

Source: official announcement

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Kazuya Takamiya's uniform number will change from forty to thirty-four.

Source: official announcement

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Shintaro Fujinami threw thirty-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Naruohama on Wednesday.  It was his first session of the year.

Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2014

According to Nikkan Sports, it was thirty-four pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2014

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Tsuyoshi NIshiokaYamato, and Takashi Toritani will likely be one, two, and three in the order this season.  However, Yutaka Wada may give Toritani a look in the one or two hole during exhibition play.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2014

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Ryoma Matsuda tossed twenty-five pitches in the bullpen to a half-squatting catcher on Tuesday.  He also mixed in some breaking pitches, including a curve and two kinds of sliders (fast and slow).  It was his second session of the year (his first came on the 11th).

Source: Sanspo 1/15/2014Nikkan Sports 1/15/2014

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6th round draft pick Suguru Iwasaki broke down the advantages and disadvantages of left- and right-handed pitchers for his senior thesis.

Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2014

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There are rumblings that the Tigers may have purposely left the number thirty-one open because they might be planning to add Masayuki Kakefu to the coaching staff at some point this season.  As of now, he is a member of the front office and does not get a number.

The more or less official line on the number is that they are keeping it open for a player that deserves it.

Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2014

[1/12/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.12, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota finished a 3,000 meter run today with the best time at twelve minutes and twenty seconds.  1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada finished in third with a time of twelve minutes and fifty-six seconds.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

Twenty players participated in today's 3,000 meter run.  Fumiya Hojo ran the course in thirteen minutes and thirteen seconds and finished in fifth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami has managed to reach ninety kilograms for the first time in his career.  One year ago, he weighed eighty-six kilograms.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

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Ryoma Matsuda tossed twenty pitches to a standing catcher on Saturday.  It was his first session at Naruohama.

"I think the seventh inning is best for Matsuda.  There are things to consider, like match-ups against left-handed hitters, but I would like to go right (seventh inning), left (eighth inning), right (ninth inning).  Matsuda reminds me of when [Kyuji] Fujikawa hit his stride.  That is what I am imaging and it would be nice if that is how things work out," pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi said.

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Takeshi Hidaka might end up becoming a bat off the bench because the team has a lot of other options at catcher.

Source: Sanspo 1/12/2014

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It seems as though Gratii celebrations will continue this year, according to a report by Sanspo.  There may be conditions though, like only doing the celebrations when the go-ahead run scores or on walk-off.  Performances could be banned in games where the team has a big lead, or is losing.

Source: Sanpso 1/12/2014

[11/30/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 5:44 am, under NPB
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Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi wants Seung Hwan Oh to keep his loss total to two or three during the season.

The Tigers hired a former Samsung staff member (a man in his twenties that worked as a Japanese interpreter) to be Oh's assistant and interpreter.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2013

Yutaka Wada, head coach Masahiro Kuroda, and pitching coaches Takashi Yamaguchi and Nakanishi are all scheduled to have dinner with Oh when he comes to Japan in December.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

The Tigers have already given Oh a DVD of top hitters from each of the five teams in the CL.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2013

Wada is planning to learn some Korean over the winter.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

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According to Tokyo Sports, the Tigers are having a hard time deciding whether they should move Tsuyoshi Nishioka to third, or leave him at second.  Some feel the conversion will be good because it will take the strain off his legs, some feel the conversion will be bad because it will end up putting more strain on his body as a whole, and still others feel the conversion will be bad because he does not want to be moved.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

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The Tigers are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 10 at Ise Kuratayama Park Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

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The coaches are planning to increase the amount of running players do during spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

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Issei Morita and Hayata Ito visited development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu's house on Satursday and spent about ninety minutes getting advice on their swings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2013

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The Tigers' old timers association presented Shintaro Fujinami with their Fighting Spirit Award.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

Fujinami tends to throw across his body.  The coaches worked on making changes to his lower body (placement on the rubber, landing area for his left leg) during fall camp.  They will now move on to his right arm.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

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Mauro Gomez will likely be assigned the number five.  Only one foreign player, Tom Evans, has ever worn the number.

Source: Sanspo 11/30/2013

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The Tigers are thinking about bringing cheerleaders back for the first time since 1978.  Not necessarily on a full-time basis, but during inter-league play and various milestone games.

Source: Sanspo 11/30/2013

[11/26/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:32 am, under NPB
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Ryota Imanari could be registered as an infielder next season.

Source: Sanspo 11/26/2013

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Shintaro Fujinami was presented with the Miki House/Sanspo MVP Award on Monday.  Miki House president Koichi Kimura promised to reward Fujinami ten million yen if he managed to break Masahiro Tanaka's consecutive victories record with thirty straight wins over the next two seasons.  Kimura also promised to give next year's Miki House/Sanspo MVP ten million yen if the team managed to win the Nippon Series (up from the usual one million yen).

Source: Sanspo 11/26/2013

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Seung Hwan Oh has asked the Tigers if he can attend pre-spring camp training in Ginoza, Okinawa next year because he wants to get a jump start on the new chapter of his life.  The early start will give him a chance to meet some of his new teammates and get used to the new environment.

Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2013

Wada would like to meet Oh over a meal when he visits Japan next month.

Source: Sanspo 11/26/2013

The Tigers might sit Oh when facing Central League teams during the pre-season next year.  They might also have him toss session behind closed doors.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

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ZakZak has heard that Tsuyoshi Nishioka is not happy about the conversion-to-third-base rumors and wants to know where it started.

Source: ZakZak 11/26/2013

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Tokyo Sports wonders if 2014 will mimic what happened in 2009.

The team finished in second with a 82-59-3 record in 2008.  They failed with their first two picks in the 1st round of the draft and they could not sign Daisuke Miura after preparing the number eighteen.  They fell to fourth place in 2009 with a 67-73-4 record.

The team finished in second with a 73-67-4 record this year.  They failed with their first two picks in the 1st round of the draft and are still waiting to hear back from Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/26/2013