Shigenobu Shima played in his 1,000th game of his career today.
Cranyon Shin-chan will attend a game at Seibu Dome against the Orix Buffaloes on April 15. And figure skated Shizuka Arakawa is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Kei Igawa held his first workouts at the team facilities in Kobe today -- after introducing himself at just before 10am, he spent about two and a half hours playing catch, running, and lifting.
Shunta became the first player drafted out of high school to make the starting line-up two years in a row, beginning with his rookie season, since Kunimitsu Yanoura (1960 and 1961). For outfielders: Isao Harimoto (1959 and 1960).