1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi and 3rd round draft pick Shinji Tajima will likely begin the year on the opening day roster.
"Unless something major happens, I plan to start [Shuhei] Takahashi at [Ichi-gun]," said Morimichi Takagi. "There are not too many rookies like him and it is not like there are other young players I can go with. I feel if there is a chance for him to play at Ichi-gun, then I should give it to him."
He added, "I do not expect him to make big waves with the team. But I think it will be better for him to be up here than down [at Ni-gun]. Because in order to play up here, he needs to remember/learn how to play at the [Ichi-gun level]. If he can not hit, then he can defend. There is plenty he can experience just by watching. [Players] can improve like that as well."
If Takahashi makes the Ichi-gun roster, he will become the first first-year player to do so since Kazuyoshi Tatsunami in 1988.
About thirty-five new menu items at Nagoya Dome were unveiled before today's exhibition game against the Rakuten Eagles. Most of the items will be available beginning on opening day.
The Dragons Road 2012 Opening Ceremony was held at Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station today. Doala and Kazuki Yoshimi took part in the ceremony.