Kenji Jojima apparently feels he'll be ready for opening day because he's "not a normal person."
Said Jojima, "I'll be ready for opening day. Maybe normal people wouldn't be able to make it, but I'm not a normal person."
Jojima is currently splitting his time rehabbing in both Fukuoka and Sasebo, Nagasaki.
"I've been throwing the pitch since about 2-3 years ago," said Kubo. "The pitch goes inside toward left-handed batters. I think the pitch will make some batters uncomfortable, but making them think about it would be enough. I want to throw it to left-handed batters."
He continued, "I want to keep my pitches down at Tokyo Dome and make them hit the ball on the ground. But doing that alone won't get the job done. I need to also hit the inside corners and throw the ball upstairs. I can't let them sit on one pitch, I want to make it so that they don't know what's coming next."
Ryo Watanabe would like to break his career high of 23 holds (set in 2008) next season. Watanabe pitched in 61 games this season and managed a 2-2 record with a 2.56 ERA but only 8 holds.
The addition of Ryota Arai via trade with the Chunichi Dragons gives the Tigers their fourth brother combo (and first brother combo in which both players are infielders) in team history. The other three: Fumio (P/INF) and Takao (P) Fujimura ('49 - '56), Yoshinori (C) and Kunio (C) Tsuji (1968), and Munehiko (C) and Akihiro (P/OF) Shimada ('85 - '92).
The Hanshin Tigers announced on Friday that Craig Brazell will be inviting 47 kids (the same number of homers he hit this past season) to a game at Koshien Stadium on 4/9/2011 (vs Yakult). In order to qualify for a ticket, kids will need to submit a drawing of Brazell to the Tigers by 1/24. The drawings will then be passed on to Brazell for judging.
Atsushi Nomi met with the Hanshin Tigers a second round of negotiations and failed to persuade them to give him a bigger offer. But he still decided to accept their initial 5M yen offer because they listened to what he had to say and appeared to show some understanding in the matter.