The Nippon Ham Fighters re-signed Kazuhito Tadano to a contract worth 8M yen (down 27M yen from this past season) yesterday. They also assigned him a new number: 65 (from 16).
The Fighters announced that Ichi-gun pitching coach Kazuyuki Atsuzawa was reassigned to be a pro scout. The team also hired former Softbank Hawks' Ni-gun INF / base-running coach Takaya Hayashi to be an amateur scout for the Kansai region. The current scout for the Kansai region, 64-year-old scout Hidetaka Togin, will be stepping down from his post.
Eiichi Koyano was a banana ambassador for the day today. As part of being an ambassador, he participated in an event at a shopping center in Sapporo sponsored by Dole.