Nikkan Sports is carrying the following comments by Tomoaki Kanemoto (taken during the press conference he held on Monday after his salary negotiations):
What was mentioned during your negotiations?
Nothing specific. We did not really negotiate. We spoke a lot about the team and about my shoulder. With the manager changing, they said that they wanted me to think about where I stood as the oldest player on the team and to help pull the team together.
What are your thoughts on this past season?
That I could not pull off a comeback.
Was your right shoulder the cause?
I did not think it was going to effect my hitting quite so much. That was unexpected. Forgetting about my stats, my shoulder felt good at the end of the season.
What about your training now?
Honestly, there is a part of me that was pushing myself a bit hard.
What kinds of adjustments are you making?
Not really adjustments, but I want to bring my strength and conditioning back to the way they once were.
Will having spring camp in Okinawa for a full month be an advantage?
Since back when I was with Hiroshima, camp has always been Okinawa to Nichinan or Okinawa to Kochi. It will be the first time for me that camp will take place in one area for a month. I will have to think different places I can eat so I do not get bored with the food.
Do you think [Takahiro] Arai developed after spending time as the clean-up hitter?
Arai? Nope, not at all.
The manager next season will be Yutaka Wada...
[Wada] is someone that is passionate about baseball and winning. I would like to ride that passion and get myself excited [about playing]. I was able to pull off something of a comeback this year by playing in games, but I was not able to put up any results. It might be a year late, but I plan to stage a full comeback next year.