Chiba Lotte Marines
...The Marines announced that they will not offer contract extensions to the following Ni-gun coaches:
Hideaki Takazawa - batting coach / outfield coach
Katsuo So - pitching coach
Masahiko Jozume - battery coach
Takashi Wada - assistant pitching coach
Ken Yamasaki - assistant pitching coach
Both Takazawa and So will, however, return as staff members for the club.
...Shoitsu Ohmatsu extended his hitting streak to 20 games after going 2-for-5 against the Seibu Lions on Wendesday night.
...The Dragons held a post-game retirement ceremony for Kazuyoshi Tatsunami after Wednesday's game. Both Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Masumi Kuwata were at the ceremony and presented Tatsunami with flowers.
Tatsunami went 3-for-4 in the game and in his last at bat, hit his 487th double of his career, tops on the all-time list.
...129,400 fewer fans attended Dragons' games this year over a span of 72 home games (including 5 home games at other regions). The Dragons drew a total 2,298,405 fans this season.
...The Buffaloes announced that today was Katsuhiro Nakamura last day as general manager. He will be replaced by the team's manager director, Murayama.
...For the first time in club history, the Eagles are guaranteed an above .500 season.
The Eagles are 72-62-1 on the year with 9 games left on the schedule.
...The Softbank Hawks clinched a Climax Series spot on Wednesday, this despite losing to the Rakuten Eagles. The reason: The Lions lost to the Chiba Lotte Marines, 9-2.
...Alex Ramirez drove in his 99th, 100th, and 101st RBIs (2-run homer in the first and an RBI double in the second) on Wednesday night against the Chunichi Dragons and has now tied Sadaharu Oh's record of 7 consecutive seasons of at least 100 RBIs.
...The NPB is currently working on trying to figure out whether or not they will become a public corporation, a general corporation, or a publicly traded company. The 12 NPB teams and Masaru Anzai (NPB lawyer) will try to come up with a plan for which direction they will head in in time for the November Owner Meetings.