Chiba Lotte Marines
...The Marines will hold a retirement ceremony for Satoru Komiyama on October 8th.
Maybe it's just me, but it's too bad that Bobby Valentine has to share the spot-light with Komiyama on 10/8. Why they couldn't hold Komiyama a retirement ceremony during one of the last three games, I have no idea. Seems to me like Bobby should have his own day.
...In related news, the Marines will be bumping up security (from 20 security officers to upwards of 100) for the final game of the season at Chiba Marine Stadium. Here's to hoping nothing happens on what should be a day of celebration.
...41-year-old Koji Takagi has been given his walking papers. Takagi would like to continue and will likely try to find an interested club during the off-season.
...Tomoaki Kanemoto is 0 for his last 19.
...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi got his right knee checked out at a hospital on Monday. He had surgery on the knee this past November. The visit to the hospital was nothing more than a regular check-up on the knee to ensure that it's holding up alright. The examination did reveal that the the knee could use some rest.
...If this don't work out for Akinobu Mayumi, Senichi Hoshino could make a return to the Tigers' helm at some point in the future.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Yu Darvish spent the day lifting weights on Monday. When asked about a possible return during the regular season:
"Depending on how my body feels, I would love to throw again. Am I feeling better? Yes."
...In related news, there's a possibility that Darvish might make an appearance or two at the Phoenix League when it starts up on 10/6. Since he hasn't had much of a chance to pitch lately, the Phoenix League could serve as a place for him get his arm back into shape. Darvish has started playing catch again.
Said pitching coach Yoshii, "We aren't exactly targeting any specific rehab starts. But since he has started throwing again, I think that shows he wants to get back to pitching."
...Akinobu Okada's reaction to rumors about his name being mentioned in connection to the Buffaloes' managers job:
"Because of my feeling for baseball, which team doesn't really matter. But to be considered a managerial candidate, I'm really grateful."
The Buffaloes could submit a formal request to Okada as early as October 2nd.
...Katsuya Nomura's target win-loss vs. the Softbank Hawks in the upcoming 4-game series that begins tonight: 2-2.
...Hope this doesn't jinx the team: the Eagles are mapping out how they'll celebrate if they somehow win the PL title (they're only 4 games out). The team will likely set up a tent in the staff parking section for the beer celebration.
The Eagles have already decided that they'll hold a celebration in the clubhouse if / when the team clinches a Climax Series spot. Stores in the Sendai area will also likely have sales to celebrate the CS victory.
...Perhaps a good sign for the Rakuten Eagles? Tadashi Settsu still isn't ready to rejoin the club and likely won't be available for tonight's game.
Settsu went to a hospital in Fukuoka earlier today because he still had a fever. Test results for the flu virus came back negative. No word on when he might be able to return as of yet.
...Ryota Igarashi appeared in his 500th career game on Monday against the Chunichi Dragons.
...Jamie D'Antona's left thigh isn't 100% and could throw a wrench into the Swallows' line-up.
...The Swallows informed Masao Kida that they won't be asking him back next season. Kida does want to continue pitching and will look for a new team during the off-season.
...Kazuki Fukuchi stole 2 bases in last night's game against the Hanshin Tigers and now has 200 for his career.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The laughing stock of the Tokyo Big 6, Tokyo University (as Deanna would probably put it) has only had 2 players graduate from it's baseball program and actually collects hits at the NPB level. That is, until Takahiro Matsuka became their third such player by hitting a single in Monday night's game against the Hiroshima Carp.
It was the first time in 33 years that a player that graduated from Tokyo University collected an NPB hit. Ironically, Matsuka also happens to be a pitcher.
...Ni-gun batting coach Ki-Tae Kim will be returning to Korea to manage the Ni-gun LG team. Kim will be flying back to Korea at the end of the Phoenix League in October.