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Tsuyoshi Nishioka meets the Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.05, 2012 @ 5:43 pm, under NPB

Tsuyoshi Nishioka met the Chiba Lotte Marines at a hotel in Tokyo today.  The meeting, which included lunch, lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2012

While much is not known about what was discussed, Lotte most likely presented Nishioka with an offer.  Source: Sanspo 11/5/2012

Some quotes...

Nishioka:

On getting an offer: "I am fortunate to feel needed by the team that helped establish me as a player."

On whether there was a change in his feelings before and after the meetings: "Something did change."

After admitting a number of teams were interested in him: "I am keeping a level-head.  Otherwise it would be inappropriate when I sit down with other teams.  I want to listen to all offers."

On what that deciding factor will be: "Any place I can feel satisfied about playing in.  This is not about the money."

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2012

Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi: "We put out our best.  I think we have a chance."

Lotte team development Naoki Matsumoto: "I am not sure what to think.  It is his choice and it would be nice if he selected us."

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2012

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