...Akinobu Mayumi wants Akihiro Yano to battle it out for the catcher's position.
He's going to be wearing the uniform as an active player, so of course I want him to prepare as if he'll start every game. A battle with Johjima? I don't even think I need to answer that, but of course that's what I'm thinking.
...The Carp announced a couple of uniform number changes on Tuesday.
Tetsuya Kokubo 12 > 4
Michito Miyazaki 16 > 54
The club also announced the following uniform numbers for their newly drafted players:
Shota Dobayashi - 13
Hisashi Takeuchi - 12
Hayato Shoji - 52
Kota Ito - 67
...Marty Brown dropped by Rakuten headquarters in Shinagawa on Tuesday and met with chairman Hiroshi Mikitani and owner Toru Shimada for about 30 minutes.
Brown will travel out to Sendai for a press conference on Wednesday. He will likely meet up with the team after that.
...Norichika Aoki and Sachi Ohtake announced their marriage on Tuesday.
Their comment to the media:
Norichika Aoki and Sachi Ohtake wanted to announce that we were married in October. We have promised to support each other and think of each other as we create a happy household, one step at a time, hand in hand. We are still new to this so we would be happy to have your support.