Kentaro Hashimoto / age: 28 / bats: r / throws: r G W L Sv HLD BF IP H HR BB SO R ER ERA 109 6 4 1 15 569 130.1 121 14 72 143 63 54 3.73 Yasutomo Kubo / age: 28 / bats: r / throws: r G W L Sv HLD BF IP H HR BB SO R ER ERA 96 30 31 0 0 2055 481.1 516 45 102 355 239 224 4.19
Kubo: The news came to me out of the blue. It still hasn't really sunk in yet. I was brought up in the Kansai area so I know the Tigers well. I'm really grateful to the Chiba Lotte Marines [for this chance]. I'm also grateful to all the fans for their support through the years. I look forward to inter-league play this year.
Hashimoto: I'm happy to have played for such a good team. I'll do my best with the Lotte Marines so we can hopefully meet up with the Tigers not only during inter-league play, but also during the Nippon Series.