Itaru Kobayashi, Softbank Hawks' chief of player development, told reporters yesterday that the club was looking into building a San-gun level by signing more players for the 2011 season (perhaps 83 to 85, including Ikusei players).
The new San-gun level would likely be made up for about 20 players. The group would have their own manager (Hawks are thinking of offering the job to Rakuten Eagles' scout Hiroshi Ogawa) and would also have their own set of games to play. The San-gun season could be about 80 games long and include match-ups against other Ni-gun clubs, as well as games against Independent League teams and universities.
The Hawks also announced that they will be deploying a new system (call x-entai, or kaientai) to keep track of all their player data (like player conditions, evaluations, and injury history). The system will also keep track of players from other teams.