The final day of the Kikuchi Meetings are over.
- Kikuchi met with the Seattle Marines, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and Cleveland Indians today.
- As was assumed, he asked a lot of questions on player development, food, and language.
- Hanamaki Higashi manager Sasaki said, "There won't be a decision today or tomorrow. Since he also needs to sit down and discuss things with his parents, a decision probably won't come until early next week."
- Kikuchi on his meetings: "I think both the Japan and America have great leagues. I can't really decide. To be honest, I want to go to both leagues and I feel even more confused about where I want to go now that I've spoken to the clubs. ... I learned about how wonderful development system is in the US, from the rookie leagues all the way up to AAA."
- Two scouts from the Yankees visited Kikuchi today and had nothing to say to the media after their meeting.
- Mets scout Isao Ojimi: "Kikuchi is a world treasure. ... If he comes to the US [with us] we'll make sure he has a safe environment to play baseball in."
=== Updated 10/20/2009 @ 10:27pm JST
Sanspo is carrying a quote from Kikuchi that says he "wishes the meetings were longer." Still, it appears as though he was still able to reap a lot of information from the meetings.
The same article also mentions the following quote from Mariners' scout Yasushi Yamamoto: "If he has any uncertainties about playing in the US, he should stay in Japan."