Updates on Kazuyuki Hoashi from 12/14/2011:
- Sadaharu Oh feels that some of the younger pitchers (Kenji Otonari can learn about using both sides of the plate and Hiryouki Kawahara can learn more about throwing off-speed pitches) will benefit from having Hoashi around. Oh also avoided saying anything about how many games he'd like Hoashi to win because he did not want to place any unnecessary pressure on him.
- The Hawks could hold a press conference to introduce Hoashi as early as 12/22. Oh is also expected to attend.
- Regarding compensation, the Seibu Lions want to see the Hawks' list of protected players first before deciding whether or not they want money or money + player.