Chiba Lotte Marines
...The Marines had their eyes on Makoto Imaoka during the 12 team tryouts today.
...Sponichi points out that Marty Brown signed for less than half of what Katsuya Nomura made this past season (60M yen vs 150M yen).
...Tatsunori Hara said that he intends to use both Dicky Gonzalez and Wirfin Obispo during the Japan - Korea Championship game. The Giants will playing to win the game.
...Even though Takao Obana will be taking all his knowledge of the team to the Yokohama Bay Stars, head coach Haruki Ihara doesn't seem too concerned.
Said Ihara, "Obana may be taking data [about us] with him, but we'll be doing research of our own. We just need to make sure we do more."
...The 2010 Central League schedules were released today. The season will start on March 26th with each team playing 144 regular season games (including the 24 Inter-league games).
The three opening day games:
Yakult Swallows vs Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome
Hiroshima Carp vs Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome
Yokohama Bay Stars vs Hanshin Tigers at Kyocera Dome (Koshien Stadium will be used for the High School Tournament)
And for the first time in 35 years, two games featuring the Bay Stars and Swallows will be played (6/29 and 6/30) in Okinawa at the Neo Okinawan Baseball Stadium.
You can see the schedules here (in Japanese, but should be fairly easy to figure out):