The Rakuten Eagles may be playing an exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium some time in early March.
Senichi Hoshino joked around with Takeshi Yamasaki yesterday at Kleenex Stadium. According to Sanspo, their conversation went something like this:
Hoshino: Oh, it's you Takeshi. So, how old are you now?
Yamasaki: I'll be turning 42 (in November).
Hoshino: You're still young. It's rare that a manager can both welcome and see a player baseball player off that has played 20+ years. I'll be sure to send you off before they fire me.
Yamasaki: The manager just recommended that I retire.
Hoshino: They've started calling me the man that sends people off lately.