Chiba Lotte Marines
...Tsuyoshi Nishioka started working out with some Osaka Toin High School graduates, like Chunichi Dragon Ryosuke Hirata and Nippon Ham Fighter Sho Nakata, on Thursday. They worked out for about 6 hours.
...Hirokazu Ibata became the highest paid position player on the Dragons when he signed a 300M yen (up 50M yen) deal on Thursday. He is in the second year of a 5 year deal.
...Takashi Toritani started his work outs with Chiba Lotte Marine Tadahito Iguchi in Okinawa on Thursday. As the new player rep, Toritani will try to create an atmosphere in the Tigers' clubhouse that's conducive to winning.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Sho Nakata dyed a portion of his hair yellow to pay homage to this year's animal, the tiger.
...Satoshi Komatsu and Daisuke Kato held their first practice of the year on Thursday at a training facility in Kitakyushu. Their 4-hour workout included running and tire dragging, all focusing on strengthening the lower body.
...Takeshi Yamasaki headed off to Hawaii for training on Thursday.
...Kenji Ohtonari and Shingo Tatsumi worked out in front of the media at the Kinki University baseball grounds on Thursday. Ohtonari told reporters that he plans on attacking the 2010 season with the mindset of winning 20 games.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Yi-Zheng Wang arrived in Japan on Thursday.
...Shinnosuke Abe worked out at Giants Stadium for the first time this year. His 3-hour training included weight lifting, fielding practice, and soft toss BP.
...Hayato Sakamoto worked out in front of the media at Giants Stadium on Thursday. He did some running, weight lifting, and spent some time in the cages during his 3-hour workout. Sakamoto would like to try and steal at least 15-20 bases this year (up from 5 in 2009).
...JPBPA Chairman Takahiro Arai (HAN) thoughts on the Global World Series:
There are some parts of [the Global World Series] that I approve of. But if they decide to go through with it, plenty of hurdles still remain.