Both Tomoaki Kanemoto, and the Arai brothers started up their training (at Athlete in Hiroshima) on New Year's Day.
In addition to making the Ichi-gun roster and racking double-digit wins, Takumi Akiyama also wants to continue polishing his fastball this year.
Said Akiyama, "I could get a lot of swinging strikes [last year]. I don't think I need to hit 150, but I'd like to average about 145. I want to aim for a fastball that makes the batter swing and miss."
Akinobu Mayumi has been criticized as not have a personality / styles (with regards to managing his team). His response:
Do you need personality / style in order to win? Isn't not having personality / style a kind of personality / style? In the end, it's all about winning though. They talk about my personality / style because we aren't winning. If we win, they'll start talking about personality / style and they'll say I'm a great manager.
A Hanshin Department store in Kita Ward, Osaka prepared 500 Hanshin Tigers Shop Fukubukuros (5,000 yen) and sold out in 30 minutes. The bags went on sale around 6:40am and were gone by 7:10am (10 minutes faster than last year).