Word is, the Yomiuri Giants are targeting Hisayoshi Chono for this year's amateur draft. If that holds up, Chono might finally get his wish to play with the Giants, making all this waiting worth it. Of course, knowing how these things usually work out, he'll sign with the Giants and end up being a complete flop. Yeah, I'm a glass half empty kind of guy.
...Katsuya Nomura has nicknames for Matt Childers and Marcus Gwyn: Chiruchiru and Michiru. When asked why he gave them nicknames, Nomura said, "Childers is difficult for me to pronounce. And then I thought Gwyn would make a good Michiru. The two have similar styles [so I thought it made sense]."
The two are thought to be in the running for the spot of closer.
...The Swallows are counting on Kazuhiro Hatakeyama and Jamie D'Antona for power this season. Both are in the running for the cleanup spot in the lineup. Although D'Antona has a slight disadvantage right now: he's suffering from pain in the left knee and is on a different work-out program.
...46-year-old Hiroshima Carp manager Marty Brown announced that he married a 29-year-old Japanese woman living in Hiroshima. Said Brown, "I'm very happy to have found someone so wonderful. She's a very patient woman. And she would have to be in order to marry me. She's a great person and we get along well. She's someone I really need in my life, I'm a very lucky man."