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Kent Joins BayStars Spring Training in Japan
02/12/2019 12:02 AM ET
PHOTO - Brett Fewson | SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL. Action from the 2018/19 Australian Baseball League (ABL) Round 4. Game 1 clash between the Canberra Cavalry and Brisbane Bandits at MIT Ballpark in Canberra, ACT. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Any further use or individual sale of the image must be cleared by application to the Manger Sports Media Publishing (SMP Images)
PHOTO - Brett Fewson | SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL. Action from the 2018/19 Australian Baseball League (ABL) Round 4. Game 1 clash between the Canberra Cavalry and Brisbane Bandits at MIT Ballpark in Canberra, ACT. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Any further use or individual sale of the image must be cleared by application to the Manger Sports Media Publishing (SMP Images) (Brett Fewson HYPER SPORTS IMAGES)

The relationship between the Cavalry and the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan is now officially a two-way street.

 

Cavalry Ace and Canberra- born Starting Pitcher Steve Kent will join Spring Training with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars this week in Okinawa, Japan, showcasing his skills in front of BayStars coaches and executives. Kent will join the NPB club's Spring Training camp for two weeks from 14 February to 27 February.

 

Cavalry Starting Pitcher Steve Chambers will also attend Spring Training with the BayStars, serving as both Japanese language interpreter and player participant.

 

This announcement comes on the heels of a successful first season of the relationship between the two clubs, according to Yokohama DeNA BayStars President of the Baseball Operation, Kazuaki Mihara:

 

"The four players have informed me that their experience in Australia was very meaningful, and they are sure that it will help them become better players.

Next, two players from the Cavalry will be joining our spring training. We will do our best to create as supporting an environment as the Cavalry did for our players.

 

We hope their time with us will be fruitful and lead to meaningful growth. Likewise, I believe this interaction will also provide a good communication opportunity for the BayStars players, enabling them to learn and grow as well."

 

Steve Kent is certainly excited for the experience, stating;

 

"I am extremely grateful to the DeNA Baystars, as well as the Canberra Cavalry and their sponsors, for providing me with the opportunity to attend Spring Training in Okinawa. I am hopeful that the partnership between the Baystars and the Cavalry continues for many years to come.

 

Imanaga, Mikami, Kuniyoshi and Aoyagi were fantastic players for the Cavalry this season and were integral to the team reaching the playoffs. I am excited to train alongside other great players in the Baystars organisation.

 

After playing in Japan with the Australian national team on a few occasions I am very aware that Japan possesses many great baseball players. I have had the desire to play in Japan for a few years now, so hopefully this is the first step in allowing me to realise that dream."

 

Steve Chambers, who has developed strong ties in Japan throughout his professional and personal life, is also excited for the opportunity:

 

"After 5 seasons of playing all over Japan, I've made some great friends and learnt a lot about the culture. I also thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle in Osaka, Niigata and Kagawa.

 

I've done my best to learn the language and have enjoyed helping the players from the BayStars this past season. Attending the Baystars spring training is a priceless experience and I'm very excited for this opportunity afforded to me by the BayStars and the Canberra Cavalry."

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.