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As Motonobu Tanishige heads into his 27th year as a pro baseball player and his second as manager of the Chunichi Dragons, the 44-year-old catcher has his eye on breaking Japan’s record for games played.

Tanishige regularly sneaks away during the team’s lunch break at spring training camp to take his cuts against a pitching machine. But after working up a sweat with about 200 swings, Tanishige is back on the field wearing his manager’s face.

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