Tsuyoshi Nishioka plans to start his workouts next year on 1/7. 1, for the uniform number he'll be wearing with the Minnesota Twins and 7 for the old uniform number he wore when he played for the Chiba Lotte Marines. Coincidence? Certainly. But it's the kind of thing that sells in Japan.
And speaking of Nishioka's old uniform number with the Chiba Lotte Marines, it seems the number will remain unused until the team can find a suitable replacement.
"If a that is worth of the number comes along, he'll probably have a chance to wear the number," said team director Akira Ishikawa. "We also aren't think about asking Nishioka for permission. I don't think he's the type that would really care about that anyway."
The Double Hideki's? At least three media outlets (Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, and Sports Hochi) have picked up on the FOX Sports story by Ken Rosenthal that mention the Oakland A's being interested in Hideki Okajima. And for the two Hideki's, it could be a reunion of sorts as they both played for the Yomiuri Giants (1995 - 2002).