Chiba Lotte Marines
After saying a few words in Japanese, Kim joked with reporters by saying that he didn't want to learn too much Japanese because it would mean his interpreter would be out of a job.
...Masahiro Yamamoto opened up his training to reporters on Friday. He worked out at a gym in Tottori that he's been going to since 1996.
...Akihiro Yano told reporters on Thursday that he was considering surgery at one point during the off-season. Another surgery is apparently required in order to fix his right elbow completely. But that would also require half a year of rehab. Based on his current age and his playing situation, he decided to forgo the surgery and instead opt of pain killers.
...Takahiro Arai is feeling good about his 2010 start so far. Arai feels as if he's been able to do enough training in order for him to be ready for Spring camp in February.
...Keisuke Imai finally got a chance to talk to Hiroki Kuroda on Thursday. After Kuroda caught word that Imai wanted to talk to him, he went to Mazda Stadium just to speak to him. Imai apparently wanted some advice on how to increase his chances at throwing complete games, as well as how to throw certain pitches.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Chiba Lotte Marine Tsuyoshi Nishioka took one look at Sho Nakata's hair cut and said that he obviously hasn't matured any during the off-season. All in jest of course. Or was it?
...Masaru Takeda began his training for 2010 at Kamagaya on Fritday. His 2-hour work out included playing some catch and running some laps with Kazumasa Kikuchi.
...Keiji Ohbiki held his first practice at Skymark Stadium this year; Chihiro Kaneko and Shogo Yamamoto worked out with him.
Akinobu Okada is looking to Ohbiki to bat second and start at short in 2010.
...Hiroyuki Nakajima worked out in front of reporters on Friday. His 2-hour morning training session consisted mostly of conditioning exercises (running and lower-body exercises).
Nakajima's goals for 2010: bat .300, hit 30 home runs, and steal 30 bases.
Kenta Matsusaka, Yuya Tazawa, and Hideto Asamura are currently working out with Nakajima.
...The top three starters in the rotation will likely be Toshiya Sugiuchi, D.J. Houlton, and Tsuyoshi Wada. Kenji Ohtonari is hoping to become the number 4 pitcher.
...Bum Ho Lee will be flying into Japan on the 15th. He'll then move on to Miyazaki for some training beginning on the 20th.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Daisuke Miura opened up his training to reporters on Friday. His training included doing sprints and taking fielding practice. Miura is hoping to "return to the basics" with his training during the off-season.
...The Bay Stars will be sending two of their coaches to the Tianjin Lions' (Chinese Baseball League) this year. The two teams have a business partnership / alliance.
Yoshikazu Takagi will be the Lions' Ichi-gun manager and Masayuki Miura will be the Lions' Ni-gun manager. Both were Ni-gun coaches with the Bay Stars last season.
...Yoshiyuki Kamei started his training on Friday. His 4-hour session included taking some fielding practice, spending some time in the batting cages, and lifting some weights. He'll be heading off to Okinawa for with Yoshinobu Takahashi on the 9th for training.
...The Giants released Levi Romero back in November and have re-signed him to an Ikusei contract. He was also assigned the number 117.
...The Giants plan on discussing their idea of having their Ikusei and younger players take part in some Industrial League tournaments with the NPB and the Japan Amateur Baseball Association sometime next week. Depending on how those discussions go, the next step would entail broaching the subject at the next board of directors meeting on 2/24.
...The NPB will be putting together a group of people who will delve further into what it would take in order to hold a Global World Series. There will also be a discussion on a possible GWS at the next executive committee meeting on the 19th.