Kazuhiro Wada, Hanshin Tiger Haruki Kurose, and Yokohama Bay Star Taketoshi Goto began their workouts at Shiraiwa Sports Park Field in Takeo, Saga today. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013
Yuto Morikoshi worked out at Nagoya Stadium in Aichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013
Yohei Oshima climbed up the 3,333 stone steps in Misato, Kumamoto in forty-one minutes during workouts on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013
Kazuki Yoshimi decided to sit out the WBC on Monday because of his right elbow. It seems there is also a chance he may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The team will not know for sure until spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2013
Ryoji Aikawa, Yuichi Matsumoto, Hitoshi Yamamoto, Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, and Yuki Mizuno left for Saipan out of Narita Airport today. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013, Sanspo 1/8/2013
4th round draft pick Masaya Emura (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Hiroshima on January 1. Source: Sanspo 1/8/2013
Shota Dobayashi worked out at Mazda Stadium today. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013
Kenta Maeda is the quickest and youngest player to reach the 200 million yen salary milestone in franchise history. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013
Maeda is scheduled to workout in Hawaii for about two weeks beginning on the 10th. Source: Sports Hochi 1/8/2013
Yokohama Bay Stars
2012 draft class training camp began today.
Kiyoshi Nakahata turned fifty-nine on January 6.
Nakahata appeared in public on Monday for the first time since his wife's memorial services on December 5, 2012. During a new year speech at the team offices, he said, "I want to focus on winning. I want the team to come together as one. I will cut players that get in the way of this. ... I will have no choice but to cut players that think of themselves. The moment I see that, without even a discussion, I will cut that player on the spot. ... Even a player like [Alex] Ramirez, if he becomes a negative, will have to be cut." Source: Nikkan Sports 1/8/2013