CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...The Marines announced that they have entered into a partnership with Shutoku University. The partnership is back-dated to April 1st and will last 1 year.
Shutoku University is planning on starting a new program next year and they are hoping that the Marines can provide students with internships to help them learn more about running a baseball team. The Marines, in turn, have also considered having college students help them run the Ni-gun team.
Perhaps this is a sign the Marines really ARE staying in Chiba?
...Tomoyuki Kubota tossed a scoreless inning on Wednesday (5/21) at Ni-gun against Hiroshima. He didn't give up any hits, but he did walk three and did not strike out any batters.
...The Carp will stop selling jet balloons starting with games on the 24th.
...Soichiro Amaya had surgery to remove bone fragments from his right hand on Wednesday. He will likely require a month before he can begin practicing again.
...New for this season, the Eagles introduced a five tier ticket pricing system: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Value. The cost of the ticket is based on the day, season, and opponent, and the difference in price between Platinum and Value tickets can be as big as 50%. The new ticket pricing system has led to an increase in attendance and is the first of it's kind.
...The Lions announced that they will not be selling any jet balloons starting from their series against the Bay Stars on 22nd.
...The Lions will celebrate their 1980's team in an event called Lions Classic 2009. Hiromichi Ishige has been brought on as an "executive producer" for the event. During the event, players will wear throwback uniforms from the era and special merchandise and food items will be sold at the ballpark.
- 6/27-6/28 Start of the Seibu Lions (vs Softbank Hawks)
- 7/10-7/12 Classic Victories (vs Orix Buffaloes)
- 8/4-8/6 Nippon Series Champs (vs Nippon Ham Fighters)
- 8/21-8/23 The Golden Years (vs Chiba Lotta Marines)
- 8/25-8/27 Famouse Players (vs Rakuten Eagles)
...Nobuhiro Matsuda is scheduled to play in his first re-hab game on the 23rd at Ni-gun. He also spent Wednesday practicing with the parent club at Yahoo Dome.
...Hitoshi Tamura and Arihito Muramatsu could be re-joining the parent club on Thursday (22nd).
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Kazuhiro Sasaki will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and Jose Canseco, of all people, will be standing in the batter's box on the 24th when the Bay Stars face the Rakuten Eagles.
...Micheal Nakamura was taken off the active roster so that he can return to Australia to be with his family -- his wife gave birth to their second child, a boy, on the 20th. Nakamura will leave Japan on the 22nd and will return some time next week.
...The Mie Three Arrows are still moving forward with their plans to join the Kansai Independent League next year.