Nikkan Sports has posted the following comments that were taken from Takeshi Yamasaki's (43) press conference on Thursday:
You are returning to Chunichi after ten years.
I never thought I would be able to wear the Chunichi uniform again. It is like a dream. It feels like I am playing for a brand new baseball team. I will do my best to contribute. I want to work hard again, together with the fans.
Your impression of Chunichi.
I was checking their progress during the season. They have been winning a lot of their games with pitching the last few years. Their offense may have weakened a bit. I want to do what I can to help as a batter.
You will be wearing the number 7.
I received a really great number. Old fans might remember me with the number 22, but since this is a restart I am happy with the number.
This will be the second time you have played under Takagi kantoku.
He becomes very strict the moment he puts on a uniform. He does not tolerate weakness. I plan on dropping him a line.
Is there anything you would like to say to the fans?
I think it is no longer good enough just to play baseball. I would like to discuss doing some things for the fans with the player's group.
At 48 years and 10 months, Shinji Hamazaki hold the NPB record for oldest player to play in a game (11/5/1950).
At 45 years and 5 months, Yoshiyuki Iwamoto holds the NPB record for oldest player to hit a home run (8/18/1957).
At 44 years and 5 months, Hiromitsu Ochiai holds the NPB record for older player to collect 3 or more hits in a game (5/16/1998).