...Hiromitsu Ochiai's comment on being ejected from the game on the 11th against the Yakult Swallows:
"Replaying the questionable home run on the big screen was the big problem. ... That replay made the people in the stands and the players in the dugout ask, 'wasn't that foul?' How could I not pop out of the dugout after that? When I argue a call, I'm ready for the results."
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Team practices start up today at Sapporo Dome but Yu Darvish won't be joining up with the team until the 14th when the team shifts practice locations to Miyazaki for the Phoenix League. The days leading up to the Second Round of the Climax Series will be very important for Darvish as it will determine whether or not he'll be ready to pitch.
...Yoshinari Tokuda will be the Fighters' Ni-gun Battery Coach next season.
...Hisanobu Watanabe will be working with the pitching staff during the upcoming Fall camp that's set to beging on 11/1. Takayuki Kishi and Hideaki Wakui are also expected to attend.
Said Watanabe, "I think I'm going to let the other coaches work with the position players. This is going to be a tough camp because we lost."
...Dave Ohkubo will remain at his post in the scouting department. The team was considering bringing him back as the taem's batting coach, but decided that they would leave him in the scouting department after he helped orchestrate a trade to bring Taiyo Fujita to the team.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars are currently taking a look at Makoto Imaoka.
"He put up some big numbers with Hanshin. I think he still has some games left in him and he could become a player to watch next season. I think the fans would love him and he'd certainly get the place hopping when the Tigers come into town," said a rep from the Bay Stars.