The Hanshin Tigers added thirty-five-year-old catcher Takeshi Hidaka to their roster today. They held a press conference for him at a hotel in Osaka. He has been assigned the number thirty-seven.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2012
UPDATE @ 9:51pm - Hidaka signed a two-year deal worth an estimated 100M yen. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2012
Sponichi has posted a portion of the interview during his press conference:
What are your thoughts on joining Hanshin?
I still do not really feel it, but I will prepare myself for [spring] camp. I can not wait to wear the same uniform as everyone else and play baseball.
Seventeen years is a long time. I am full of appreciation. They helped me learn and grow.
You will now have to compete for a starting job.
That goes without saying. I think everyone is a rival.
What do you plan to do [in order to win the job]?
I need to become the every day player. I want to show them what I am capable of on offense and defense.
Your impression of Hanshin pitchers.
I have faced them during Western League (Ni-gun) games, so I know most of them. They seem to have a good group of pitchers. I want to catch them as soon as possible and open the lines of communication.
Source: Sponichi 11/27/2012