Senichi Hoshino told his radio audience on Monday that Hisashi Iwakuma contacted him just before negotiations with the Oakland A's ended and said, "I'm Japanese. I want to play for a team that needs me. I look forward to playing." Hoshino also said that he plans to use Kazuo Matsui and Akinori Iwamura on the left side of the infield.
Satoshi Nagai would like to see the Rakuten Eagles add a display behind home plate that shows radar gun readings so that pitchers don't have to keep looking back at the scoreboard in center.