Akinori Iwamura feels the Rakuten Eagles are the team everyone should keep their eye on next season, not the Nippon Ham Fighters. He also stressed again that he'll be more than happy to give younger players advice if they ask for it.
On Saturday, Iwamura took part in a baseball clinic in Tokyo that lasted about 3 hours.
Katsuya Nomura and his stepson Don Nomura sat down to record a video version of Katsuya Nomura's book Nomura's Thoughts for Fuji TV on the 18th. The two spoke for over 4 hours on the topic of baseball and life. The program will be broadcast in three segments on Fuji TV One (a CS channel) between January and March. The program will also be available on DVD after the original broadcasts.
Kitani is currently 4 months pregnant.
Ryo Hijirisawa's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a healthy boy, on Friday.