The Yakult staff started cleaning out the clubhouse at Jingu Stadium on Monday. The Jingu facilities will be completely closed for the New Year holiday (1/29 - 1/4).
Masanori Ishikawa will not only spend time working out with a few other players, including Masahiro Yamamoto (CHU), in a training facility Tottori this coming January, but will also spend some time running on the beaches in Tottori as well. Ishikawa has his sights set on securing his 4th consecutive opening day start in 2011 and is currently working on increasing his weight.
The Yakult Swallows and the Tokyo Big 6 are thinking about working together in order to help improve attendance at Jingu Stadium next season. The current plan: ticket stubs from Yakult games will become discount coupons for Tokyo Big 6 games and ticket stubs from Tokyo Big 6 games will become discount coupons for Yakult games. The exact percentages aren't known at this time, but a difference in percentages is expected between Yakult ticket stubs and Tokyo Big 6 ticket stubs.