Hideki Matsui left Los Angeles for New York on Monday. While he hasn't mentioned anything about returning to Japan during the off-season, it would seem likely that he'll make a return some time after Christmas.
Now that Javier Vazquez has been traded to the Yanks, it seems likely that Kenshin Kawakami will be in the Braves' starting rotation next season.
With some help from Tomohiro Kuroki, Akinori Iwamura held a baseball clinic at Botchan Stadium in Ehime as part of his Aki Project. Because there were so many requests by little league teams to participate this year, they had to hold a drawing and narrow the selection to 25 teams (about 201 children). The clinic ran about 5 hours.
This was the second year Iwamura held this event. Ultimately, he would like to hold these clinics all across Japan.
Iwamura has also managed to get AED devices installed at 19 baseball stadiums in Ehime.
Ichiro took part in the 14th Annual Ichiro Cup School Soft Baseball Tournament on Wednesday in Aichi Prefecture. He also promised everyone in attendance that he'll record his 10th consecutive 200 hit season next year. Ichiro added that people shouldn't just be interested in the final results, but also in the process, i.e., how they get there.