Hiromitsu Ochiai met with team owner Bungo Shirai for about 2 hours on Wednesday to file his report on the 2011 season. Ochiai told reporters that the meeting wasn't anything special while Shirai said that Ochiai apologized for not meeting expectations. It seems that Ochiai has also gotten the green light to work on fixing the offense by making big off-season moves.
UPDATE (12:22pm): Dragons' president Junnosuke Nishikawa also attended the meeting and later told reporters that it wouldn't be strange if the Dragons extended Ochiai contract after the 2011 season and made him the first Chunichi manager to hold the position for 10 seasons. Ochiai will be in the final year of a 3-year deal and will be working on his 8th season as manager of the Dragons.
In other team news:
Fall practice began at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday and will run through to the 19th. A total 47 players (minus veterans) showed up. Hirokazu Ibata also showed up and said that he would be there every day for fall practice.
Masahiro Yamamoto will suit up again next year and doesn't plan to take any prolonged breaks during the off-season. Yamamoto dropped by Nagoya Stadium and said, "I'll come here to practice. I'll also go to Tottori. I have no time to rest."