Sanspo: Norihiro Nakamura was officially introduced as a member of the Rakuten Eagles at a press conference yesterday. He signed a 2 year deal worth 300M yen and was given the number 99. When asked what made him decide to sign with the Eagles, Nakamura said, "I decided when Katsuya Nomura called and said, 'We need your help.'"
Sanspo: Here are some interview notes from a Hisayoshi Chono interview:
What did you tell Lotte?
That I appreciated their high praise and that I was sorry I couldn't give them a better answer.
Why are you staying [with Honda]?
I have some unfinished business. That's my biggest reason.
When did you decide?
About 2 weeks ago, the manager gave me a ticket to go to Kumamoto and I went to Minami Aso (in Kumamoto). There, in the middle of nature, I decided I to return to the basics. I decided this. I have no second thoughts.
Could you not shake your desire to play for the Giants?
That was something of a factor. I've been a huge fan since I was a child.
Any differences between this refusal and the refusal from 2 years ago?
2 years ago, I made a snap decision. I think think this time around I was a little more relaxed and was able to listen to what the Marines had to offer.
Do you have any concerns about having to wait out another year before playing in the pros?
I think that's just part of my fate.
What will you do if a team other than the Giants picks you again next year?
I haven't really thought of that yet.
Sanspo: Yu Darvish was visiting a school in Habikino to hand out uniforms and gloves when a student reportedly asked, "When will you be joining the Tigers?" All Darvish could do was smirk and say, "That's still a ways off in the future so I have no idea." As part of Yu Darvish Children's Fund, Darvish is donating 100,000 yen to Habikino Prefecture (where he grew up) for every win he notches. This season, he donated 1.6M yen to the prefecture for his 16 wins.
Sponichi: Former batting coach for the Seibu Lions, Dave Okubo, will continue to work for the team, but not as a coach. Okubo will reportedly be stepping down as batting coach for the team and will be transferred to a position in the front office. An official announcement will be made in the near future.
Sports Hochi: NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato had this to say about Junichi Tazawa signing with the Red Sox and the proposed "Tazawa Rule":
The world is based on free trade, but if something were to happen to disrupt that balance to cause confusion and disorder, then we should be able to take certain emergency precautions to keep things from getting worse.