Chiba Lotte Marines
Interestingly enough, Tsuyoshi Nishioka was quoted as saying that the "uniforms will look better if the team wins." That could be taken a number of different ways, including not liking the new design.
(For a reminder of what they looked like before.)
...Takashi Toritani took 75 swings of the bat on Friday and hit 9 out for home runs. Including BP and weight training, Toritani worked out for about 5 hours on Friday.
...Matt Murton, Casey Fossum, and Randy Messenger dropped by the Koshien clubhouse to get a tour of the facilities. After the tour, they did some running, played some catch, and did some soft toss BP (including hitting some balls of a tee).
...Hideki Kishimoto held a bullpen session on Friday and tossed 50 pitches, including his slider and forkball.
...Akinobu Okada is thinking of using Satoshi Komatsu out of the bullpen this year. Komatsu could go a long way towards helping shore up the bullpen.
...Okada and the Ichi-gun coaching staff arrived in Okinawa on Friday. They'll spend Saturday checking out the various facilities the team will be using during Spring camp.
...Andy Phillips (from Dallas), Darrell Rasner (from San Francisco), and Todd Linden (from Seattle) all arrived in Japan on Friday.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars held a press conference for Terrmel Sledge, Jose Castillo, and Chris Bootcheck on Friday.
Greisinger told reporters that he though he threw too much in between his starts last year and will go back to throwing less. Gonzalez said he would like to try to win the job at second base; he also said that hitting was his strength.
Lee's 2010 goals: 30 HRs and 100 RBIs
...Daisuke Ochi held a bullpen session on Friday and tossed about 30 pitches, including his forkball, with the catcher standing. Ochi is trying to brush up on his forkball so that he can throw it more to get strikes.
...Tetsuya Yamaguchi held a bullpen session on Friday and tossed about 27 pitches. Yamaguchi worked on making sure he was balanced during his delivery.
...Yi-Hao Lin held a bullpen session on Friday and tossed 70 pitches.
...Former CL umpire Hiroshi Maruyama retired, at the age of 77, from his post as a baseball rule committee member on Friday. During his time as an umpire, he worked 3,521 games and said that his most memorable game was when Sadaharu Oh broke Babe Ruth's career home run mark with his 715th in 1976.