The Rakuten Eagles season tickets are apparently selling extremely well.
Season tickets for the 2011 season went on sale after the Eagles game on 9/29 (vs Seibu at Kleenex Stadium). In two weeks, the Eagles had sold 1,000 fewer seats than last year (over the same period). The biggest difference: the Eagles were pushing forward with a second place finish in 2009 while the Eagles fell to a last place finish this year.
Fast forward to after the club's announcement that Senichi Hoshino was going to be the Eagles' manager next season, and throw in the additions of Akinori Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui: coming into December, the club has managed to sell 4,300 tickets -- about 300 more than last season (over the same period).
Last season, the club managed to sell about 7,000 seats before the start of the season, an all-time high for the club. Based on current sales figures, the Eagles are estimating sales of over 7,000 before the 2011 the season. In fact, it seems their goal is anywhere from 7,500 to 8,000 tickets.
In other team news:
Hisashi Iwakuma met with the Eagles today and agreed on a 2011 salary of 300M yen plus incentives. Iwakuma will be playing out the final year of a three year deal.