Chiba Lotte Marines
...Speaking at an event on Wednesday at Tobu Department Store in Chiba, Shingo Ono said that he would step up now that veterans of the pitching staff Satoru Komiyama and Koji Takagi have retired.
...The Dragons have invited former player Shinji Imanaka to hold a lecture for players living in team dorms on January 20th.
...It appears as though the Kenji Johjima jerseys are selling fairly well. The Hanshin Department store sold about 50 uniforms on the first day the jerseys went on sale Wednesday. The store also said that they usually average about 3 jerseys sold per player a day.
...Hirokazu Ibata would like Norihiro Akahoshi to work on trying to make a comeback. Failing that, he hopes Akahoshi will consider returning to Obu High School as a manager. The two players are alums of Asia University.
...The Tigers are thinking about sending some coaches and players to the Dominican Republic Winter League next year. That could also help them getter better grasp of foreign players on the market.
For the special, Yano invited about 120 fans to a meal at Sushi-ro (kaiten sushi restaurant) in Suita City, Osaka. The final bill came in at about 100,000 yen (about US$1,115). Yano also prepared autographed balls for each of the fans that attended.
Kentaro Sekimoto was also at the shoot.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...157 members of the Fighters organization are on the PL Title victory trip to Hawaii.
...Masataka Nashida told reporters that the club would be more than happy to give Yu Darvish time off so that he can be with his wife when she gives birth to their second child in February.
...Not since 1988 have the Buffaloes made it through the negotiation process without having one player put an offer on hold.
...Hisashi Iwakuma was selected as on of Japan's GQ Men of the Year 2009.
...The Lions don't appear to have made much progress with G.G. Sato and likely won't be able to come to terms within the year. It appears Sato is looking to nearly double his 2009 salary.
...Takeya Nakamura is planning on starting his own charity called Okawari Kikin.
...Hidenori Tanoue met with the Hawks for the second consecutive day on Wednesday but could still not agree on a contract with the team.
...The Giants appear to be a little worried about Kenji Johjima and all the information he may have been able to pick up about Tatsunori Hara (like his tendencies) when he played for him at the WBC.
...Yoshinobu Takahashi took about 30 minutes of batting practice on Wednesday. Takahashi plans on continuing his training through to about the 20th.