Seiichi Uchikawa was a guest at Sunoko Elementary School in Fukuoka on Wednesday as part of the school's 100th anniversary celebration.
Fumiya Nishiguchi did some long distance throwing at Seibu 2 Stadium on Tuesday and told reporters that if he worked hard now, it would mean things would be easier for him next year. He also plans on tossing a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp. Nishiguchi has his eyes on the Lions' home opener on 4/3.
Because of updates to equipment rules that kick in next season, Takeya Nakamura will be working on getting used to a bat that's close to 0.2cm thinner at its widest part than the bat he used this past season (from about 6.7cm to, at the most, 6.6cm). His trial bats will also come in three different weights: 920 grams, 930 grams, and 940 grams. The length of the bats will remain at 33.5 inches.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Toshiaki Imae visited a childcare facility in Yachiyo, Chiba on Wednesday.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The new indoor Nago Baseball Stadium training facilities will be outfitted with multiple windows, giving people on the outside a good view of what is going on inside (from the northern and southern sides of the building). Total construction costs for the new facilities will be around 1.61B yen. Construction is scheduled to be complete by late January.
Kensuke Tanaka will be in the second year of a three-year deal next season.
Chihiro Kaneko met with the Buffaloes on Wednesday (second this winter) and agreed to 160M yen (up 10M yen). Reports from the 16th estimated the Buffaloes' first offer to be 165M yen, but Kaneko later told reporters that the estimate was higher than the actual offer and that he decided to sign today because he did not think the Buffaloes were going to budge.
FWIW: Kaneko apparently got a 5M yen raise during his first meeting.
Keiji Uezono is hoping for a chance to crack the starting rotation -- he will probably compete against pitchers like Kohei Hasebe, Kenji Tomura, Ryohei Isaka, and Ryo Kawashima for the final four spots.