Category: Did You Know

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Dai-Kang Yoh: Did You Know

Yoh has always liked the color red, but switched to white when he first joined the Nippon Ham Fighters out of respect for Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2017

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Yamato Maeda: Did You Know

Yamato has been working on batting from both sides of the plate since last fall. During workouts in January, he spent eighty percent of his batting practice time taking swings from the left side.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2017

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Shota Sugiyama: Did You Know

Sugiyama signed an advisory contract with Xanax.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2017

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Shinnosuke Shigenobu: Did You Know

Shigenobu has always wanted to work overseas. Becoming a professional baseball player was not necessarily his dream, but it could help him realize his goal.

Source: Sponichi 1/18/2017

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Junki Ito: Did You Know

Ito was almost traded last year (2016), but Shigekazu Mori stepped in and stopped it from happening. Mori has alredy told Ito that he needs to meet expectations this year, otherwise he will be cut or traded.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2017

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Toshiya Sugiuchi: Did You Know

The Yomiuri Giants could give Sugiuchi a bonus of 100 million yen or more if he wins the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2017.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/15/2017

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Daisuke Miura: Did You Know

Miura went 0-7 in seven opening day starts over his career.

Date Desc Score Opponent IP H SO ER Stadium
1999/04/02 L 5-10 Yakult 6.1 6 7 4 Yokohama
2002/03/30 L 1-2 Hiroshima 7.2 7 6 2 Hiroshima
2004/04/02 L 1-3 Yakult 7.0 5 8 3 Jingu
2005/04/01 L 0-4x Chunichi 8.0+ 4 8 4 Nagoya Dome
2006/03/31 L 2-12 Yomiuri 4.0 5 1 6 Tokyo Dome
2007/03/30 L 2-3 Yomiuri 6.0 8 3 3 Yokohama
2009/04/03 L 1-4 Chunichi 7.0 5 5 4 Nagoya Dome

Source: Sanspo 1/14/2017

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Tomotaka Sakaguchi: Did You Know

Sakaguchi informed the media on Janaury 13, 2017 that he signed an advisory staff contract with Rawlings Japan. He is just the third player in the NPB to sign an advisory staff contract with Rawlings Japan. The other two: Minoru Iwata and Randy Messenger.

Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2017

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Katsuya Kakunaka: Did You Know

A few interesting little facts about Kakunaka, from Nikkan Sports:

  • He does not like light cleats and has a preference for sturdy cleats. He does not think he runs fast enough for light cleats to help.
  • He does not like thick batting gloves with good grip. He has always preferred slick gloves while using plenty of grip spray/powder. He uses new gloves for each game.
  • He has not made any significant changes to the bats he has used over the last five years. He currently uses differently weighted bats depending on the handedness of the pitcher: against right-handed pitchers 900 grams and against left-handed pitchers 890 grams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2017

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Kenta Uehara: Did You Know

According to Sponichi, Uehara is trying to gain some weight, but is having some difficulty. He started eating seven meals a day, or over 10,000 kcals a day, after the 2016 season and has not seen any changes in his weight. According to Sports Hochi, he is trying to add about four kilograms before the start of spring camp and has so far only managed packed on two kilograms, despite consuming over 10,000 kcals a day.

Source: Sponichi 1/11/2017, Sports Hochi 1/11/2017

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