...Masahiro Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Ibata, Masahiro Araki, and Kazuki Yoshimi attended the Mizuno Advisor Staff Meetings on Friday.
Yamamoto had a bat custom made to his specs during his meeting. Araki picked up 2 shortstop gloves that he'll be using as he switches over to the position. Ibata said that he would use the same second baseman's glove he got prior to the 2009 season.
...Keiichi Hirano said that he will be training with Michihiro Ogasawara in January.
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...Speaking at an event in Aichi Prefecture, Atsunori Inaba said he would be more than happy to answer any question Sho Nakata might have regarding playing the outfield. He also dropped some quick advice tips to Nakata, like spending extra time taking fly balls and working on throws in the outfield.
...The Fighters announced on Friday that Toshiyuki Yanuki and Kyoko Fukazawa filed marriage paperwork on 11/22. They will likely have a wedding ceremony sometime during the next off-season.
...The Fighters announced on Friday that Yachiho Hoshino will be returning to the team as a BP pitcher. Hoshino was released in October. They also announced that Shunsuke Sugiyama, sub-manager and bullpen catcher, is leaving the team.
...Takeshi Yamasaki is aiming for a salary in the neighborhood of 250M yen.
...The Lions announced that Minoru Yamagishi is filing marriage paperwork with an unidentified 27-year-old women on the 6th.
...Koji Akiyama once again re-iterated, on a TV sports program, that Takahiro Mahara will be the closer next season.
"I'm not thinking about [starting him]. A closer needs to be mentally strong. He has that mental toughness," said Akiyama.
...Keisuke Katto made good use of his iPhone by using it to check his delivery during the season.
The Hawks handed out iPhones to all their players as a training tool.
...Masahiko Morifuku will be working on his change-up during the off-season. And he'll be asking Toshiya Sugiuchi for tips as Morifuku will be training under him.
...Nobuhiko Matsunaka feels that if the Hawks are going to ban personal trainers from ball park grounds, then they should at the very least consider adding more training coaches and trainers.
...Nagisa Arakaki attended Mizuno Adivsor Staff Meeting on Friday and tried on a number of fielding gloves to see if there might be something better on the market. Arakaki did end up finding a glove that interested him: the Hirokazu Ibata model glove that about 100 grams lighter than Arakaki's current glove (600 grams).
Arakaki was so impressed with the glove that he will give it a test run during his training session in January.
...A children's Yoshinori model glove will go on the market next year.
He becomes the second player after Hideki Matsui to have his own baseball glove model released to the market after their second pro season.
"I heard Huang pushed away the Majors and decided to come to our team. The pitching coach, Saito, said Huang will work hard to make the active roster next year. I'd like to see him become the next Obispo," said Club rep Hidetoshi Kiyotake.
...While Ayumu Yamamoto is still holding out hope that some team will pick him up, he's also not just standing around doing nothing while waiting. Yamamoto has decided to study for entrance exams for graduate school.