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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: November 29, 2010

by on Nov.29, 2010 @ 9:44 pm, under NPB

Michihiro Ogasawara agreed to a 2-year extension earlier today.  The extension will pay Ogasawara 430M yen a year, up 50M yen from this past season.  This makes Ogasawara the highest paid position player for the 2011 season.


Shun Tono is apparently shooting for 15 wins next season.  And 3 wins in the postseason.


Tetsuya Utsumi doesn't plan on signing anything with the Giants until he's fully satisfied with what they're offering him.

Said Utsumi, "I have a family [to think about].  We just had our second kid.  I need to do this until I'm satisfied."

But this also doesn't mean that Utsumi is willing to prolong negotiations into next year as he also hopes to get things done as quickly as possible.


The media learned that 25-year-old Yukinori Momiyama will be filing marriage papers with a 24-year-old woman named Tae Uchiyama some time in late December and hold a ceremony in January.  Momiyama initially held back his proposal since he wasn't sure if he could provide for a family properly with his Ikusei contract.  But Uchiyama apparently re-assured Momiyama that she didn't mind working, as long as she could look forward to being a housewife when he moved up to the 70-man roster.

Momiyama becomes the first Giants' Ikusei player to get married.


Nippon TV announced that TV ratings for their coverage of Yomiuri Giants' games this season (9 in all) averaged about 8.2%.  That's a drop of 1.6% from last season.  While the drop obviously isn't a good thing, Nippon TV doesn't plan on dropping their coverage and will continue focus most of their broadcasts on their BS channel next season.  Seems as content for BS channels, the broadcasts are actually pretty good.