Sponichi: You've got to give the Marines credit for all their positive thinking. Unfortunately, I think it's time to move on, Chono isn't going to change his tune -- and let this be a lesson to any team NOT named the Giants that tries to draft him again next year. The Marines reached out to Chono again to try and set up a meeting with him for the 5th, but Chono declined and has scheduled a press conference to announce him intentions of staying with Honda next season.
Sponichi: The Hiroshima Carp have a new catch phrase for 2009: ＡＬＬ―ＩＮ 激！
Marty Brown, manager of the Hiroshima Carp, picked the character 激 to symbolize the "fierce and ardent" playing style he expects his team to be playing with next season. BTW: that's Brown's handwriting in the image above.