...Kenjiro Nomura told reporters that he wants to do his best to show analysts they were wrong in their predictions. But he doesn't blame them. "The team has been weak over the years so it can't be helped. It just means we have to put up results," said Nomura.
...Kenta Maeda loosened up his body with some running and stretches during evening practice on Thursday.
At 21 years and 11 months, Maeda will become the third youngest pitcher to start an opening day for the Hiroshima Carp. The other two: Yoshio Ootagaki (Bizen) in 1952 at 18 years and 5 months and Kazushi Saeki in 1974 at 21 years and 10 months.
...Evening workouts on Thursday included fielding and hitting practice.
...Koji Hiroike's book on his path to becoming a pro baseball player (入団への道～夢をつかむまでの軌跡～) apparently sold out in 4 days (initial print run of 1,000). Not to fear though, a second print run has been scheduled. The book costs 950 yen and is available through Hiroike's official site (it's a privately published book).