Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters are putting on the finishing touches for a radio station called FM Kama-suta Radio. The station will carry broadcasts for Ni-gun games played at their home Kamagaya field starting next year. The Fighters are also considering broadcast updates of the team during the off-season.
According to a team rep, part of the reason why the Fighters started up radio station was in preparation of a possible star player like Yusei Kikuchi joining the team -- with the amount of interest he's gaining, many people will likely be interested in hearing broadcasts of games he's pitching in.
The station will get a test run on the 22nd during the team's Campus Series event.
...Hisashi Yamada appears to be the likely candidate to take over the Buffaloes' helm next season (the team apparently has no intention of extending Daijiro Oishi's contract).
Yamada was a hurler with the Hankyu Braves between 1969 and 1988) and won 284 games with a3.18 ERA. He also managed the Chunichi Dragons in 2002 and 2003 and compiled a 142-132-6 record.
...Dave Ohkubo will be returning to the coaching staff next season. Ohkubo was the team's batting coach last year but was removed from the post due to his involvement in a battery charge.
The Lions currently own at team batting average of .257, down from .270 a year before.
...It seems Yoshinobu Takahashi is just waiting for his doctor's schedule to clear before setting a date for his surgery. He spent most of his day today rehabbing his lower back, including about 2-hours of weight training.