Takeya Nakamura told fans at a talk event on Monday that his goal for 2011 was to hit at least 40 homers and collect at least 100 RBIs. Nakamura added that he usually didn't like to set goals because he felt he might slack off once he reached his goal. He continued by saying that this year was different because he wanted to apply pressure on himself by setting the 40 homer / 100 RBI goal.
Yoshihito Ishii purchased about 700,000 yen worth of training equipment for his home this winter. Said Ishii, "I want to strengthen my shoulders in order to help improve my defense in the outfield."