Atsushi Nomi apparently didn't want to be mentioned as the first Tiger this season to put an offer on hold since it would make him look like the bad guy. He explained to reporters that he just wanted to learn more about the process since he never negotiated a salary after a season in which he was injured. And not a normal wear-and-tear injury of the elbow or shoulder, but rather an injury he sustained while trying to make a play during a game.
Nomi is expected to accept the offer during their next round of negotiations.
Kenji Jojima did not attend the Georgia Awards last night and instead prepared a video statement (3 minutes, 50 seconds) for the event. In his video statement, Jojima said that he wanted to attend the ceremony but felt he had to focus on his rehab so that he could be prepared for the start of the 2011 season.
Sanspo says Yasutomo Kubo has his eyes on putting together a perfect sac bunt record in 2011 while Daily Sports emphasizing Kubo wanting to set a new personal and team high in hits for a pitcher.
Kubo will also be going from wearing black batting gloves to gold gloves at home and silver gloves on the road.
Keiichi Hirano apparently plans on upgrading most of his gear for the 2010 (glove, bat, training wear), including his cleats, which will be based on Eishin Soyogi's cleats.
Takahiro Arai tried out a number of bats (ranging from 920 grams to 950 grams) during the course of the season this year and ended up using a 940 gram bat the most. This bat will now become Arai's full-time bat next season.
Other than that, Arai won't be making any changes to his equipment next season and will instead focus on making changes to himself.
Said Arai, "I'm not happy [about the 19 HRs I this year]. But I don't think a change in equipment is necessary. I've got a feeling everything will be alright. All that's left if for me to improve myself and get myself to the next level."
Shinjiro Hiyama and Akihiro Yano were special guests at the Best Father Talk Seminar on Friday. Both Hiyama and Yano won Best Father Awards in the past: Hiyama in 2009 (Best Father Yellow Ribbon NPB Players) and Yano in 2007.
Tomoaki Kanemoto attended former Hiroshima Carp manager Toshiyuki Mimura's remembrance ceremony on Friday. Kanemoto told reporters that he owed everything to Mimura and that without him, he never would have become the player he is today.