Nippon Ham Series
...Shugo Fujii and Hichori Morimoto earned their FA options this past season.
Fujii: I have an idea of what I'd like to do, but I won't make any decisions until I've spoken to the club.
Morimoto: I really haven't thought about it yet.
The Fighters will likely meet the two players on the 9th.
...The Lions announced the following uniform number changes on Saturday:
Satoshi Yamazaki 17 > 29
Hidekazu Hoshi 52 > 33
Atsushi Okamoto 30 > 59
Yuya Tazawa 50 > 61
The following uniform assignments for coaches have not been announced, but should be set:
Takehiro Hashimoto (pitching coach) 77
Hisataka Yukizawa (Ni-gun manager) 81
Hiromoto "Dave" Ohkubo (Ni-gun batting coach) 96
Yasutomo Suzuki (Ni gun fielding / base running coach) 72
...After the Giants won the Championships, Takuya Kimura announced that he is retiring and will return to the team next season as a coach.
Said Kimura, "I'm both glad that the we've become champions and that the season is finally over."