...The media recently Atsushi Fujii was married to a Mayumi Ohtaki on May 20th. The two will now hold an official ceremony sometime in the middle of December.
...The Carp could enter the 2010 season with 5 foreigners on the roster:
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Shinya Tsuruoka is sort of Yu Darvish's personal catcher. Masataka Nashida will try to move him away from that by having Darvish toss to other catchers next season. Specifically, Nashida would like to work with Shota Ono more.
...Hisashi Takeda was a special guest on a talk show on Monday. During his segment, someone asked a question about what it was like in the bullpen. Takeda's reply:
Masato Yoshii (pitching coach) would come to the bullpen and fart.
Apparently, Yoshii's flatulence helped keep things loose in the bullpen.
...Keisaku Itokazu, Masanori Hayashi, and Chiba Lotte Marine Shoitsu Omatsu will be training together during the off-season.
...About 500 fans and university students showed up for a speech given by Masataka Nashida on Monday that was organized by Sapporo Koksai University.
...Nippon Ham held a class on how to make sausages for elementary school children and their parents at 14 locations across Hokkaido that their players also participated in.
About 800 kids and their parents showed up for a chance to make sausages with Fighters' players.
...The Hawks are thinking about adding kimchi to the menu for Bum-Ho Lee.
...Nobuhiro Matsuda said that he wouldn't necessarily mind a shift to the outfield.
"I'm thinking about training with the idea that I might be asked to play the outfield," said Matsuda.
...A couple TV ratings as reported by Sponichi:
The Giants Parade (10:25am - 11:25am) 10.0% for the Kanto region
U-26 vs College All-Stars game (2:oopm - 3:55pm) 9.5%