Pro baseball teams start spring training camps

Many Japanese professional baseball teams started their annual spring training camps in Okinawa Wednesday.

On Okinawa’s main island, Hanshin Tigers conduct their training at Ginoza Village, Chunichi Dragons are in Chatan, DeNA Yokohama BayStars in Ginowan, Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Urasoe City, and the farm team of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters fatm tean in Kunigami Village. Chiba Lotte Marines trains in Ishigaki City and Tohoku Rakuten Eagles on Kume Island. In addition, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters main team begins its Okinawa training cam on Feb. 12, and Yomiuri Giants take to Onoyama Baseball Field in Naha on Feb. 14th.

Players of each team started their training regimes with an eye on the official season opening games on Mar. 31st.

Players from Okinawa, including Katsuki Matayoshi of Chunichi Dragons, Yuta and Shota Ohmine of Lotte Mariners and Kentaro Hirara of DeNA BayStars were also seen. Kazuki Takara, an Okinawa-born player who now plays of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters has damaged his right foot and started training separately from the other members of his team.

In addition to Japanese pro-teams, four Korean pro-baseball teams are conducting their spring training on Okinawa..