Koji Akiyama met with owner Masayoshi Son on Wednesday to give him a report on the team's season. Akiyama credited the team's success to the players it added and to the iPhone/iPad. Son jokingly told reporters that the beer fights during the celebrations were good for hair growth.
Chief rehab coach Kazumi Saito taught an extracurricular class at an elementary school on Tuesday and told students he could/would not consider retirement so long as Kimiyasu Kudo kept playing.
84 players (including Tsuyoshi Wada and Toshiya Sugiuchi) and staff participated in the player's Nokai (final meeting of the year) golf competition at Aso Ozu Golf Club on Wednesday.
An additional 1,500 or so seats will be added to Yahoo Dome during the winter: from 37,025 to about 38,500.
Ginjiro will be getting a new uniform number (from 2 to 27) and will be changing his registered name (from Ginjiro to Sumitani).
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Nikkan Sports mentions that Hideki Kuriyama was a special guest at all five commercial TV stations in Hokkaido, plus NHK and HBC radio on Wednesday.
Kuriyama is thinking about requiring all of his Ichi-gun coaches to spend some time at Ni-gun spring camp next year (simply listening to reports is not enough). He also plans on keeping tabs with every player during the winter.
Masayoshi Kato's goal for 2012 is to become an everyday player and play in over 100 Ichi-gun games -- Kato plans to break in by being a utility player and proving that he is capable of playing on a daily basis.
Shuichi Furukawa will apparently get a shot at starting next season. When asked about his thoughts on starting, Furukawa replied, "It is something I had thought about wanting to do at some point. ... It will mean more options, like being able to throw my curve."
If I think about not shouting when I am in the middle of a jam, I am going to get hit. Next season, I think I will probably shout if [I get a big out].
And Senichi Hoshino's comment on the matter:
There are stupid baseball analysts and older people [out there]. It would be one thing if he were doing it on purpose, but to ask someone to stop something that just comes out. Ridiculous.