Chiba Lotte Marines
...Tsuyoshi Nishioka made an appearance at a fan event on Saturday and spoke about underage drinking (specifically, of Shota Ohmine).
"Underage drinking is not something that should be taken lightly," said Nishioka. "But we all make mistakes when we're young. I don't think you should take baseball away from the youngster. While I understand what the ball club is trying to do, I would like to apologize for him."
...A wedding ceremony for Takaya Kawauchi and his wife Madoka was held on Saturday.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...In order to improve his stamina (and increase his complete game totals), Masaru Takeda will incorporate soccer into his training.
While Kato was able to donate 1.65M yen after recording 33 saves in 2008, he wasn't able to donate even half that total this year after finishing the 2009 campaign with only 13 saves.
...Looks like Masahiro Tanaka will be getting that watch from Katsuya Nomura after all.
Nomura invited Tanaka to his house to pick a watch out of his collection during a fan event in Yokohama on Saturday.
...Satoru Morimoto wasn't happy about the Hawks' 24M yen offer (only a 2M yen raise over this past season) and put them on hold.
...Yasuhiro Ichiba is planning on doing some waterfall training during the off-season to help wash off some of the bad luck that followed him to the Swallows.
...Hiroyasu Tanaka will be heading out to Arizona on January 1st for about 2 weeks of hard training. This will be the first time he heads outside of Japan for training.
...About 200 people (from various companies) are getting together to form a support group for Yoshinori in Sendai. The aim of the group is to help sell one of the city's most popular baseball players. (Sanspo is reporting about 300 people.)
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Shun Yamaguchi won't be training with Daisuke Miura this off-season. Yamaguchi was a closer last season and may be moved into the starting rotation next season. He plans on using the off-season to work on his stamina should he be a starter next year. He'll also be working on adding another pitch to his repertoire.
...If something happens to Marc Kroon next season, Masahide Kobayashi, Daisuke Ochi, and Kiyoshi Toyoda are all candidates to replace him.
...Isao Harimoto presided over the 1st Annual Distance Throwing Tournament at Jingu Stadium on Saturday. 400 elementary kids, split up into groups based on school year and sex, took part in the event. The top record holder for the boys' group was a 6th year student that threw the ball 80.77m; the record holder for the girls' group was also 6th year student that managed 66.81m.
...NPB Players will be making special appearances at symposiums across the country geared towards first and second year high school students. Incidentally, this is not open to the general public.
12/12 - Hiroshima (Chiba Lotte Marines, Hiroshima Carp)
Yusuke Kawasaki, Naotaka Takehara, Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yuta Shirahama, Eishin Soyogi, and Takahiro Iwamoto
12/12 - Kochi (Nippon Ham Fighters, Hanshin Tigers)
Kazunori Yamamoto, Takahiro Imanami, Kazuya Murata, Kyuji Fujikawa, Taichi Okazaki, and Masashi Nohara
12/19 - Saitama (Seibu Lions, Yokohama Bay Stars)
Kazuki Miyata, Yoshihito Ishii, Shogo Saito, Atsushi Kizuka, Takeshi Hosoyamada, and Keijiro Matsumoto
12/19 - Wakayama (Orix Buffaloes, Chunichi Dragons)
Masanobu Ohkubo, Takahiro Okada, Yudai Kawai, Keiji Oyama, Hiroki Kokubo, and Fumiya Nishiguchi
12/23 - Iwate (Rakuten Eagles, Yomiuri Giants)
Hiroshi Katayama, Ginji, Kensuke Uchimura, Keisuke Saito, Takayuki Terauchi, and Takahito Kudo
12/26 - Kumamoto (Softbank Hawks, Yakult Swallows)
Kenji Ohtononari, Yuichi Honda, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Kenichi Matsuoka, Ryo Yoshimoto, and Kosuke Noda