The Hawks offered Shuji Yoshida a Ni-gun pitching coach position. An announcement will likely be made within the next few days.
Battery coach Tetsuya Matoyama will be sent to Ni-gun; Ni-gun OF/base-running coach Seiji Tomashino will be sent to Ichi-gun; Ichi-gun OF/base-running coach Tetsuya Ide and Ichi-gun pitching coach Manabu Saito will be sent to San-gun.
Koji Akiyama plans to make Shota Takeda run as if he were on a track and field team. He also said that he was not planning on starting Takeda during the Final Stage of the Climax Series because of his shoulder (tightness).
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
Yuichi Honda (suffered a neck sprain on Friday) spoke to reporters on Saturday and said that his neck was feeling better ad that he planned to attend fall camp. Honda was not wearing a neck-brace. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/21/2012
The media learned on Saturday that Masahiko Morifuku will make the Samurai Japan roster that plays two games against Cuba in November. Teammate Kenji Otonari is also expected to make the roster. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/21/2012
Wily Mo Pena, Brad Allen, and Terry Doyle left for the US. Pena finished off the first-year of a two-year deal while Allen and Doyle both wish to return to Softbank next season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
Brian Falkenborg is in the final year of a two-year deal. The Hawks will most likely offer him a contract for the 2013 season. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/21/2012
Hiroki Kokubo told reporters on Saturday he thinks Seiichi Uchikawa would be a good option to take over as the next team captain. He also said that Nobuhiko Matsunaka wants to take over at first.
"This is something the manager will decide, but... It seems Nobuhiko wants to play first base next year and may not have time [to worry about being a captain]. That means Seiichi might be the best option. He is really an amazing right-handed hitter. He is pulling the younger players together now, but I would like to see him become the player that pulls the entire team together," said Kokubo.
Kokubo is in the process of writing on autobiography.
Hiroshi Moriwaki caught Sunday's Rakuten-Orix game and was able to check on Alessandro Maestri. His two-day stay in Miyazaki ended today. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
Moriwaki watched Toru Anan pitch on Saturday and liked what he saw. Depending on his progress, he could make the active roster next season as a reliever. Anan dropped his arm angle to the side after the end of the season. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/21/2012
Ginji stayed back after general workouts for extra fielding practice on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
Senichi Hoshino on where Ginji might play next season: "I am not sure yet. I think it depends on the foreign player we sign. That could mean he [goes to the bench]." Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2012
Takashi Kawai wants to improve his velocity (get up to the 145km/h range) so that he can use his other pitches more effectively. He also wants to pitch in relief. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012
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Takahiro Fujioka told reporters that he is interested in picking Tsutomu Ito's mind because of the manager's past experience as a catcher. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2012