Updates on Toshiya Sugiuchi from 12/17/2011:
- According to Sanspo, Tatsuma Sakai contacted Sugiuchi in the middle of negotiations on Friday in order to tell him that he was offered the number 18.
- Sports Hochi has posted the following comments by Suiguchi on being offered the number 18: "I was surprised. I am grateful. ... I heard the media mentioning it, but I did not think they were really going to offer it to me... ... When I think of the number 18, I think of [Masumi] Kuwata. They are all great pitchers. ... For them to go this far... It is an honor. ... I do not think they could have offered me anything more. I will discuss this with my family and come to a decision."
Yomiuri Players that have worn the number 18, according to Sponichi:
|Player JPN||Player ENG||Years|
|前川 八郎||Ichikawa, Hachiro||1936-1938|
|中尾 碩志||Nakao, Hiroshi||1939-1942, 1946-1957|
|近藤 貞雄||Kondo, Sadao||1946|
|藤田 元司||Fujita, Motoshi||1958-1966|
|堀内 恒夫||Horiuchi, Tsuneo||1967-1984|
|桑田 真澄||Kuwata, Masumi||1986-2006|