On the 19th, pitcher Yusei Kikuchi of the Major League Baseball Mariners practiced pitching with a bullpen for the first time at the camp, and Hisashi Iwakuma, who was newly appointed as a special coach, also watched over.
Last season, pitcher Kikuchi's new pitching form increased the average straight ball speed by about 4 kilometers, but he couldn't make a result with 2 wins and 4 losses and an ERA of 5.17.
Pitcher Kikuchi participated in a battery group camp in Arizona and practiced pitching with a bullpen for the first time on the 19th.
While Mr. Iwakuma, who was newly appointed as a special coach, was watching, he threw about 50 balls with changing balls.
Pitcher Kikuchi said, "I was able to throw with confidence because I had a very good off. Iwakuma-san said that he was the most important in controlling, which is his own task, so I will be doing various things from now on. I would like some advice. "
Meanwhile, Padres' Yu Darvish pitcher revealed on his SNS on the 19th that he was directly taught how to throw a forkball by Hideo Nomo, an advisor to the team.
Pitcher Darvish said, "I was able to hear not only about the fork but also what Mr. Nomo was careful about when he was active. I am grateful for the many hints. I am looking forward to tomorrow." I was spelling out my gratitude.