Yuki Saito doesn't want to be compared to Yuki Saito (1st round) of the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Said Saito, "I want to work hard so that I'm not called the 'fake" handkerchief. I mean, I've had the name one year longer [than the other Saito]."
Kenta Kurihara is planning on having a second pair of cleats made with slightly shorter spikes, for use at places like Tokyo Dome and Nagoya Dome, where the dirt is relatively hard.
Said Kurihara, "It can be difficult [to hit] when the dirt is hard. Especially at places like Tokyo Dome and Nagoya Dome, it feels like my body is floating. It's much easier [to hit] when the dirt is soft like at Koshien."
Chugoku Shimbun has an update of the Hiroshima Carp farm system. The long of the short: the Carp farm system is made for developing players, not for winning (although winning can help in player development). Players that aren't performing, are replaced in the starting line-up with new talent that enters the system. Kenta Maeda is a product of this thinking (he spent a full season at Ni-gun before making the jump to Ichi-gun). The Carp are hoping that Shota Dobayashi becomes their next success story (he spent the full season at Ni-gun this season and played in over 100 games).