The Softbank Hawks announced today that Seiichi Uchikawa and Yuya Hasegawa will receive new uniform numbers for the 2012 season.
Uchikawa from 24 to 1
It makes me a little sad to move away from the number 24, the first number I got when I started playing youth baseball and the number I wore during the WBC. But I also want to be number 1 when it comes to hitting and I want to take on even more responsibilities next season so I decided to accept the number. I feel pressure with this number because players like [Koji] Akiyama and [Hiroshi] Shibahara have worn it in the past. I would like to make sure I do not become an embarrassment to the number.
Hasegawa from 30 to 24
I have a connection to the number 24 because I used wear it when I was in college. Ever since I joined the team, I made it my goal to become the kind of player that could wear the number 24. I finally got my wish with [Seiichi] Uchikawa's uniform number change, but I am sure Hawks' fans will still see him when they think of the number. I will do my best to change that as soon as possible.