The Yokohama Bay Stars player's group held their Nokai (final meeting of the year) in Shizuoka on Monday. The players also spent some time trying to convince Shuichi Murata to remain with the team.
Said Murata (via Daily Sports), "My stance on this has not changed. It would be best if I could talk to our people first."
He was also quoted as saying (vs Sponichi), "People certainly can say what is on their mind [when they have a little alcohol in them]. A lot of them called over [to persuade me to stay in Yokohama]. ... I still want to hear from other teams."