With 2nd round draft pick Masaki Minami likely joining the team, it appears Ryusuke Minami may change his registered name to 南竜 (Minami Ryu).
Norifumi Nishimura will be making his debut as an author with two book deals: one on the Chiba Lotte Marines this season; and the other on his baseball career, from the time he was drafted to the time he became manager. Nishimura is planning on completing both books before the end of the year.
And perhaps slightly old news, but Bobby Valentine attends the Chiba Lotte Marines' victory parade the other. It seems he may have also wanted to meet up with both Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Hiroyuki Kobayashi.