Rikkyo (Rikkio) University's new manager Atsuhito Ohtsuka started the 2010 season by saying that the team slogan will be "Restart." Team captain Soichiro Tanaka told reporters that he's looking forward to facing Yuki Saito during the season.
Kansai University held it's first practice of the year on Friday. Newly appointed manager Toru Fujita's main focus will be to help the team regain some of the respect it lost after three players were arrested last season for blackmail and bank fraud.
It's still way too early to start talking about retirement for Nao Higashihama, but on Thursday he told reporters that his dream after baseball is to return to Okinawa and teach. To that end, he plans to earn a license to teach while attending Asia University. That could mean that he'll have less time to practice though.