...Wei-Ying Chen's three promises for the 2010 season:
To be the opening day pitcher
To stay in the rotation for the entire season
To try and win every start
Chen hasn't touched a ball all month and will not for the rest of the month as he focuses on building up his body. He'll start to ramp things up in December and won't take a day off a training in January.
...Yuichi Hisamoto is working on picking up a two-seamer during his stay in the Dominican Republic.
...Kyuji Fujikawa will spend at least one more season with the Tigers.
On Monday, he said that he'd do his best for the Tigers next season and will likely not ask to be posted.
...About 32,000 fans showed up to Fan Appreciation Day today. And many of them were excited to watch Eri Yoshida face a few Carp.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters are not only creating Championship rings for their players, they're also making a matching Championship necklace for players' wives and girlfriends.
...Toshiyuki Yanuki returned to Japan today after taking part in the Arizona Fall League.
Yanuki was a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
...17,626 people showed up for Fan Appreciation Day today.
The club also held a retirement ceremony for Koichi Isobe.
...Kimiyasu Kudo will receive no special treatment, says Lions manager Hisanobu Watanabe.
...Mitsuru Honma, Takayuki Shinohara, Naoki Matoba, and Michitaka Nishiyama made appearances at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
Shinohara will be playing for Yokohama next season; Matoba for Lotte; Nishiyama retired after the season and is returning as a Ni-gun staff member; and Honma was released.
...Hidenori Tanoue was selected by fans as the Hawks MIP (Most Impressive Player) for the 2009 season.
...Ryota Igarashi taped a thank you message to fans that was shown on the big screen at Jingu Stadium for Fan Appreciation Day today. 17,432 fans showed up for the event.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...About 24,000 fans showed up for Fan Appreciation Day today.
...About 43,000 people were in attendance for Fan Appreciation Day today. All 9 newly drafted players made appearances at the event.
...Hayato Sakamoto donated 1,875,800yen to the Japan Red Cross on Monday. Using part of that to pay for the costs, Tokyo Dome will unveil Hayato Sakamoto Red Cross Seats next season. The seats will be set aside for four children from the Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama areas that are battling illnesses or are living in foster care facilities.