Takamasa Suzuki is apparently the leading candidate to become the next Ni-gun manager. Current Ni-gun manager Kazuki Inoue could be promoted to Ichi-gun batting coach. And Hiroyuki Maehara is being considered as Ichi-gun INF / base-running coach.
Hirokazu Shiranita faced 14 batters during a simulated game on Friday and threw a total 48 pitches while allowing 3 could-be hits. Ikketsu Sho threw 44 pitches in facing 14 batters and allowed 4 could-be hits and 2 walks.
Masahiro Nakatani impressed Yutaka Wada with a homer he hit during a simulated game on Friday. With the count 1-0, Nakatani took a high fastball and deposited it over the fence in left. Said Wada, "That was a good shot off a live arm. And this is his first year out of high school. If he can continue working on his body, things could get interesting."
According to Sanspo, for the time being, it seems the Tigers will go with Tomoaki Kanemoto in left and Matt Murton in right next year. The CF job will likely come down to players like Kohei Shibata, Shunsuke, and Kenichi Tagami (1st round draft pick Hayata Ito might also get a look in center).
The Tigers are currently looking into a playing an exhibition game in Aki, Kochi against the Orix Buffaloes on 3/3/2012. While the team won't be holding Ichi-gun spring camp there next year, it seems they want to do good by the fans living in the city. There's also a plan for playing a game in Kochi city the following day.
Kanemoto worked out at Koshien on Thurday. On Thursday, Cal Ripken advised him to continue playing as long as his body permitted it.
The Giants had to use Konoha Dome for practice on Thursday because of the rain. Tatsunori Hara took it easy and got a massage because his body was aching from all the time he spent working with players like Taishi Ota and Daisuke Nakai.
General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters on Thursday that Yuya Kubo wasn't the team's closer and that he was their ace out of the bullpen. And similar to Hara, he feels Yi-Hao Lin might be ready to be the team's next closer.
Junji Ogawa and team president/acting owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa visited team owner Sumiya Hori at the Yakult offices in Tokyo on Friday to file his report for the past season.
Hideki Kishimoto told reporters he wanted to add a slow pitch with break and a tighter fork to his repertoire.