...Masahiro Araki is thinking about riding his bike to and from Fall practice at the Nagoya Dome. The Dome is about 10km away from Araki's house.
...The Tigers are currently thinking about shuffling uniforms numbers around again this off-season.
...7 of the 9 young players that signed contracts yesterday:
Kai-Wen Cheng - 16M yen (up 6M yen from this past season)
Yuya Nohara - 6M yen (up 1M yen)
Ikketsu Sho - 13M yen (no change)
Kohei Shibata - 10M yen (no change)
Hiroki Uemoto - 10M yen (no change)
Ryuji Wakatake - 6M yen (down 500,000yen)
Naoto Tsuru - 6.5M yen (down 500,000yen)
...Shibata will likely have to give up his number 2 to Kenji Johjima, but still hasn't heard anything from the club about it.
...Tomoaki Kanemoto begins working out for the start of his 19th season.
...The Tigers have decided to try and get Kenji Johjima into the 2010 Hanshin Calendar. They are thinking about using a photo from his upcoming press conference.
...The Tigers are thinking about finishing their Fall camp off with a game-like situation.
Said Akinobu Mayumi, "We've worked on a number of things during this camp. I've been thinking about testing the players out to see just how much they've learned by putting them into game-like situations."
Nippon Ham Fighters
Masato Yoshii - Ichi-gun pitching coach > Ni-gun pitching coach
Shigeru Kobayashi - Ni-gun pitching coach > Ichi-gun pitching coach
Shinichi Igarashi - Chief pro scout > Ni-gun manager
Terushi Nakajima - Ni-gun batting coach > Chief pro scout
Yoshinari Tokuda - Ni-gun coach (マネジャー) > Ni-gun battery coach
Yukio Tanaka - Ni-gun batting coach
...Akinobu Okada has said that the team will not play any intra-squad games until the mid-February.
"I think they played a number of games after the second stage of Spring camp, but I think that's too early. I think it's important to train for a bit longer. ... We need to keep working on communication between the fielders so I don't think we'll have any intra-squad games until mid-February," said Okada.
...Kensuke Uchimura's goal prior to the 2009 season was to steal 50 bases. That obviously never happened as he was mired in slump all season and ended up splitting his time between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun.
This off-season, Uchimura appears to be focusing in on one thing: swinging the bat.
"I need to play more games," said Uchimura. "But to play more games I need to be able to hit."
When asked about his goal from last season, Uchimura said, "I don't have any specific stat goals this season. I just need to go out there and do it. ... Actions speak louder than words."
...The Hawks have decided to introduce a new set of uniforms for the 2010 season. The team will look to making a uniform that easier to move in. And to that end, the Hawks have decided to move away from sewed on logos and uniform numbers to printed logos and uniform numbers. The uniform tops will also likely move away from being buttoned-down to being something similar to a t-shirt.
...40-year-old veteran Noriyoshi Ohmichi expressed his desire to keep playing in 2010.
...Shohei Tateyama has purchased a road bike and will be using it this off-season to help him train.
...Sponichi seems to think that Yasuhiko Yabuta is on his way to a return to the NPB.