Yuya Hasegawa (26) announced that on Friday that he filed marriage papers with a 25-year-old woman on Thursday.
The Lions officially announced the additions of Shingo Takeyama (received in a trade with Yokohama) and Masashi Sajikihara (Hanshin senryokugai). They were also assigned the numbers 52 and 43, respectively.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters held their Nokai (final meeting of the year) on Friday. About 200 people attended (staff, players, coaches).
Atsunori Inaba and Toshimasa Konta appeared at a fan event in Sapporo on Thursday. About 300 fans showed up.
Fuminori Yokogawa has apparently asked the Eagles to consider making the surface in the outfield a little softer because it was harder compared to other stadiums.
Senichi Hoshino appeared at a Senichi Supporters' party on Friday. Masahiro Tanaka and Akihiro Yano were special guests. Hoshino got some laughs from the crowd when he said, "My dream is to play the Tigers at Koshien during the Nippon Series. Maybe Yano will be manager by then."
Akinori Iwamura agreed to a salary of 150M yen (no change) on Friday and did not talk to the press. He will be in the final year of two-year deal next year.
The Buffaloes announced today that Kenji Kobayashi (26), Daisuke Nobue (22), Masataka Yamazaki (22) and Takuya Kai (20) were all returning to the club as Ikusei players. All four pitchers were on the Buffaloes' 70-man roster this past season.
Dae-Ho Lee apparently told the Buffaloes he is planning to shed about 10kg. Lee currently weighs around 130kg. He will also most likely be used as a 3B/DH -- Akinobu Okada said he does not plan on locking Lee into DH.