Satoshi Nakajima re-signed for 32M yen (no change over last year) on Friday. 2011 will also mark his 5th season as a player / coach and 25th as a player. Sanspo is carrying comments from his press conference on Friday. I've translated some of the more interesting parts below:
Katsuya Nomura holds the record for catching until the age of 45...
I'm not thinking about that at all. I'm just taking things one year at a time.
On your uniform number going from 32 to 27.
It's a number I wanted from before. It was the number I wore during Orix's first year of existence (1989). I have good memories [with that number.]
Your thoughts on Yuki Saito?
He has a large variety of pitches and has good control, he's a thinking pitcher. And since his off-speed pitches have a lot of break, he'll really need to work on the fastball. It might even be better for him to throw fewer types of pitches and focus on brushing up his fastball.
Any other thoughts on Saito?
He shouldn't think about throwing an x amount of innings in game, but rather maintain a pitch-by-pitch and inning-by-inning mindset. I think it'll be better for him to come out of the gate strong [instead of conserving his energy].
Romash Tasuku Dass met with the Nippon Ham Fighters at Kamagaya yesterday and agreed to the offer the team presented him. Except, they couldn't finalize the deal because Dass forgot his inkan (it's a stamp that is required on pretty much all official documents in Japan). Dass will meet with the Fighters again on the 16th to finalize the contract with his stamp.
Hisashi Takeda attended the Mizuno meetings on Friday. According to Nikkan Sports, there will be no changes / updates to Takeda's equipment. Takeda also plans on spending his time working out at his usual places like Komazawa University and the Nittsu baseball grounds this winter.