...The Hanshin Tigers finish a B Class team for the first time since 2004 when they also finished in 4th place.
...The Carp announced on Friday that the following players will not be returning next season:
Makino, Rui P
Ogata, Yoshinori INF
Higa, Toshimitsu INF
Yoshida, Kei INF
The team also announced that they accepted Takehiko Kobayakawa (batting coach) resignation from the team.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters announced on Friday that Tomoyuki Oda (INF) and Takeshi Ito (P) were retiring at the end of the season. The team will hold ceremonies for the two players after their game against the Rakuten Eagles on Saturday.
Oda is known as the first player to hit a home run after the team moved out to Hokkaido in 2004.
...Daijiro Oishi held a press conference at a Sendai Hotel after the last game of the season on Fridayl to officially announce his resignation from the team.
There were "Oishi" chants at the Sendai game on Friday night after the game that had the manager scramble back out onto the field for a curtain call.
...The Eagles managed to clinch the second place in the Pacific League last night by beating the Orix Buffaloes, 4-3.
Most analysts (and even Katsuya Nomura himself) predicated the team would finish somewhere in the bottom of the standings this season.
...Takayuki Shimizu held a press conference on Friday to officially announce his retirement.
...Brian Falkenborg will be heading back to the States to have his right elbow examined. Depending on the outcome, he may not return to Japan this season.
...The Swallows clinched a Climax Series Berth last night when they beat the Hashin Tigers, 3-1, and will be making their first Climax Series appearance.
...The Swallow only drew 22,567 on Wednesday night (their first game against the Tigers). They ended up drawing a full house yesterday.
The team announced that tickets to the game were sold out 30 minutes after the first pitch and that 33,218 were on hand to watch the Swallows beat the Tigers.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars held a stockholder's meeting on Friday to officially introduce Takao Kaji as their new president.