Hiroyasu Tanaka plans to switch between two bats next season depending on who is one the mound. Source: Sponichi 12/23/2012
Tsubakuro made an appearance on Nippon Hoso's Show Up Sports today. He was also offered a contract worth 12,420 yen plus incentives. The deal also includes free beer and dinner parties with female reporters. Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2012
Daisuke Ochi played catch with Yuya Kubo for about forty-five minutes after throwing around seventy pitches into a net during workouts at Giants Stadium on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 12/23/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/23/2012
Yasutomo Kubo does not plan to change his style of pitching just because he closes games.
"If I were a pitcher that could record really great strikeout rates, then I would already be like that. Strikeout pitchers know how to get strikeouts. Finesse pitchers are finesse pitchers. You can only be what you are," said Kubo.
He added, "[Closers] need a lot of stamina. Consistency is also very important. You need a strong body. Ideally, you need to be able to go out and perform at the same level every time."
With regards to the domestic FA option he will likely earn next season, he said, "[Free agency] allows players to learn about their value. If you are not needed, then your value will be low. If you are, then you will get a good amount. I think it will be easy to tell."
Source: Sanspo 12/23/2012
Kubo usually begins playing catch in early January. This year, he started a little early, both because of his new role next season and because he had to play in a charity baseball game on the 15th.
"I played catch twice for a game against the Girls Professional Baseball League. I did that and I felt I might waste the work I did... Stopping and then having to re-work the shoulder seemed like a pain. It might look like playing catch, but this is more about my lower half," said Kubo.
Kubo is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option in April 2013. He will consider exercising it, but will not be sure until he actually earns it. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/23/2012, Sponichi 12/23/2012
Hayata Ito started working out at his alma mater, Keio University, on Friday. On Saturday, he took about 100 swings during batting practice. Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2012
1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami likes to take baths. The Arima Onsen (Hot Spring) Tourism Agency will provide Fujinami with whatever support he requires during the off-season. Source: Sanspo 12/23/2012
Ichi-gun INF/base-running coach Takuro Ishii does not think Shota Dobayashi should have time to spend on a girlfriend.
"This is no time for a relationship. [Dobayashi] needs to go through a period [where all he does is practice]," said Ishii. "Young players do not practice enough. I am kind of a sadist like that."
Source: Sponichi 12/23/2012
Soichiro Amaya would like to get a single-digit number. The only number currently available is the number nine (three and eight are retired). Amaya is interested in the number, but also realizes he is still in no position to request it (he needs to put together better seasons). Source: Sponichi 12/23/2012
Kenta Maeda does not expect his contract negotiations to take very long because money is not the issue. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/23/2012
A Carp official told reporters that New York Yankee Hiroki Kuroda does not plan on working out at Mazda Stadium this winter. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Takehiro Ishikawa and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo helped collect donations for UNICEF outside of Yokohama Station today. Ishikawa plans to begin his 2013 workouts on January 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2012