Junki Ito - 8M yen (down 800,000yen)
Yoshihiro Suzuki - 22.5M yen (down 2.5M yen)
...All systems are go for Kenji Johjima's press conference tomorrow.
The press conference will take place in the afternoon at a hotel in Osaka.
...Marty Brown joined his team at Kleenex Stadium for Fall practice on Thursday. He spent most of his time watching the players practice today and later said, "I'd like to talk to all the players and get ready for Spring camp. We're all starting from scratch so I want everyone to approach practice knowing they all have a chance."
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars are taking a look at Brian Sikorski for their bullpen. It appears they are also taking a look at a Shugo Fujii.
...The Bay Stars signed 24 year-old pitcher Yo Sugihara. He was originally drafted in the 3rd round by the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2003 and was released in 2006. And in 2007 he joined the NOMO Baseball Club.
...The Giants re-signed three players they recently released to Ikusei contracts:
Yuki Takeshima (P)
Takahiro Ijuin (C)
Yi-Hao Lin (P; previously an Ikusei player)
...Tatsunori Hara was presented with the 2009 Shoriki Award for his accomplishments this season. Not only did he help lead Japan to its 2nd WBC title, but he also managed the Yomiuri Giants to a Nippon Series title as well.
"Just being able to manage at the WBC, just being able to manager the Giants... To win an award on top of this is a great honor. I still lack experience, not only as a person, but also as a manager. I'd like to use this as a stepping stone to greater things," said Hara.
...The Pacific League schedules were released today. The PL will begin on the March 20th and will feature the following three games on opening day:
Softbank Hawks vs Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome
Chiba Lotte Marines vs Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome
Rakuten Eagles vs Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome
For the first time since 1996, the PL will play a game in Niigata (Nippon Ham Fighters vs Seibu Lions on 6/29). It'll also be the first time since 1990 that a PL games takes place in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture (Chiba Lotte Marines vs Rakuten Eagles on 4/21).
And once again, you can view the individual monthly schedules by following the links below: