Headlines for Yu Darvish from January 24, 2012 (will be updated over the course of the day):
The media learned on Sunday that Darvish's former teammates are preparing a video message that will be played during his press conference at Sapporo Dome later today (January 24).
The team has also requested that fans wait until 7am to begin lining up.
Most recent entry (January 23):
I have returned to Japan after safely holding a press conference.
I struggled with jet lag.
Also, thank you for the many comments I received about my private life.
We came upon our decision after thinking about our children first and foremost during our lengthy conversations.
I think I will be able to my kids a lot because my relationship with her is still good.
Also, the media came out with a lot of stories about her that have no rhyme or reason; most if it is untrue.
She tried to be devoted in her support for me and she did her best for the family.
She never asked for an outrageous amount in damages or child support payments.
I would like to continue to cheer her on as she would like to continue to cheer me on.
I am sure, just like her own mother, she will overflow with even more motherly love.
To everyone that cheered us on,
Even though we have parted ways, it would make me happy if we could continue to receive your support.
UPDATE @ 11:15am -
Darvish's press conference will be carried by NHK and four other commercial broadcast channels in Hokkaido. The Fighters have also set aside about 7,000 seats and are prepared to provide more should more fans appears.
The Fighters are planning to allow Darvish to use their facilities until he heads to the US.
A Fighters' fan group dropped by the team offices and submitted 200 hand-written messages addressed to Darvish. The messages will be hand-delivered by the club today.
If the Texas Rangers open the 2013 season in Japan, it could be at Sapporo Dome.
Darvish will continue his workouts in Japan for the time being, but with regards to February, there are three possibilities: remain in Japan, go to Hawaii, head to Arizona. Hawaii appears to be the top choice. Arizona apparently is not because the weather is still a bit unstable in February.
Introduces Seiichiro Nakagaki as a leading candidate to become Darvish's personal trainer. Nakagaki was the Fighters' chief trainer between 2004 and 2010.
Darvish can use any of the Fighters' training facilities in Kamagaya and Sapporo in February since the team will be holding spring camp in Okinawa.
Notes that the Fighters are preparing 6,800 seats at Sapporo Dome.