...Craig Brazell arrived in Japan on the 27th and will start banging out the final details of a contract with the Tigers on the 28th.
According to this article, it appears likely that Brazell will get the number 67. However, Brazell has also stated that he would love to get a number with a 9 in it. I guess we'll soon find out just how important this 9 is to Brazell.
...Akihiro Yano is still rehabbing his right elbow and is currently working towards being able to throw harder and father. His workout on the 26th included playing catch and batting practice.
...There were only 26,680 fans in attendance during Tuesday's make-up game between the Tigers and Marines. The last time they attracted fewer than 30,000 was on September 9th, 2004 when they played host to the Swallows. It was also the lowest number of fans since the league started publicizing attendance figures in 2005.
...The Hawks announced on the 27th that Sho Arima (4th round pick in 2008) had his left elbow cleaned out and will require up to 3 months for a full recovery.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...The Bay Stars front office continues to state that they'd love to have Toshihisa Nishi return next season and that they are planning to send him back to Ichi-gun at some point in the near future. Despite all of this, Nishi still appears set on retiring after the season.
...The Kobe 9 Cruise announced on the 27th that their game against the Akashi Red Soldiers on the 29th will be free to fans. The free game is a show of goodwill after the league had to cancel a couple of games (1, 2) due to Swine Flu concerns and after all the fuss and commotion of the league's management company pulling out.
...JABA announced the upcoming schedules for the World Cup and Asia Tournament.
38th World Cup
First Round, September, Moscow: Russia, Nicaragua, England.
The team in this tournament will be made up of players from the professional amateur leagues.
First Round, 7/27-29, Narita Japan
Second Round, 8/1-8/3, Sapporo Japan
The team in this tournament will be made up of players from the college and professional amateur leagues.
Both teams will be managed by former Nippon Express manager Yasuhiko Sugimoto.