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(March 11th)

Today we played at Yokohama and Shimizu Nao got another turn-up before his Kaimaku-sen (season-opening game) start. He looked outstanding, as did Kawasaki and Ogino pitching in relief.

Our offense was very active today with 3 homeruns – a big homerun by Imae early in the game, and later Takehara and Shinzato hit homeruns. Shinzato was our most improved player in minor leagues last year. He's a catcher in an infielder and loves to play the game. I love to watch him play, because he has great enthusiasm and love for the game. He hit a homerun on his first swing of the game, so that was fun!

It was good to see all the players enjoying themselves today with many hits, including Benny getting another double. He’s swinging the bat so very well. And Fukuura and Ohmatsu both got hits against left-handed starting pitching (and RBI hits at that). What a very good sign!

Afterwards, Frank, Paul, and I went down to Yokohama. We walked the seaside there and looked at Chinatown and had a great dinner.

I hope you enjoy the photos. Talk to you soon.







Bobby
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Pre-season Game Against BayStars コメント数:2 (2 Comments)

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  1. Steven Ikeda さんのコメント: (Steven Ikeda says):

    Bobby:
    Thanks for the nice report. I’m glad to hear that Benny is swinging the bat really well. The last time I was in Yokohama in 2007, my family stumbled across a restaurant in Chinatown and we had the best dim sum in our life. I watched a couple of the WBC games and was impressed by Murata of the Bay Stars. The guy hits with incredible power. I hope that Samurai Japan will do well against Cuba (likely opponent) in Round 2. Have a great week.

  2. Takaura さんのコメント: (Takaura says):

    ボビーこんにちは。

    新里選手は昨シーズンのイースタンリーグで見ていい選手だと思いました。
    鋭い打球を飛ばして守備の動きも良かったです。

    オープン戦でも1軍の試合でホームランを打ったのは素晴らしいです。
    TBSの録画中継を見ましたがカットされていました、残念です。

    新里選手は大阪近鉄・東北楽天・千葉ロッテと移籍して
    昨シーズン1軍で初ヒットを打ちました。
    1軍のキャッチャー3選手が怪我で登録抹消されて
    1軍に登録されたのですが、
    少ない出場機会にも関わらず結果を出したのは
    ファームで大変努力した結果ではないでしょうか。

    今シーズンも1軍の選手層が厚いので
    出場機会には恵まれないかもしれませんが、
    這い上がって1軍で活躍して頂きたいですね。

    (Hello Bobby,

    I thought that Shinzato-senshu is a great player when I saw him in the Eastern League last season.
    His ball was very sharp, and fielding was very impressive too.

    So good to see him hitting a homerun in Ichi-gun game during Open-sen, but that scene was cut out of TBS’s broadcasting. Too bad.

    Shinzato-senshu has been to Osaka Kintetsu, Tohoku Rauten and Chiba Lotte, and made his first hit in Ichi-gun last season.
    3 catchers from Ichi-gun have been deregistered due to injury, and that’s how he got the change to play in Ichi-gun, but I think he was able to deliver results because he was working so hard in the farm.

    He may not have many chance to play this season because there are many wonderful players in Ichi-gun already, but I hope he works his way up and play many good games.)