...A company called From 1 conducted a survey asking 500 men and women between the ages of 20 and 60 which sports players they thought were going to have big seasons next year. Yusei Kikuchi topped the list with 87 votes. Ryo Ishikawa (pro golfer) came in second, followed by Mao Asada (figure skater) and Hideki Matsui.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars offered Ikusei 1st round draft pick Yuki Kuniyoshi a contract worth 2.4M yen and a signing bonus of 2M yen.