Morimichi Takagi told reporters on Tuesday, perhaps somewhat jokingly, that the team would bring Matt Clark back next season if he hit a home run on Wednesday against Hiroshima Carp start Kenta Maeda.
"I am hoping for a home run by Clark. Tell him if he hits one, we will let him stay next season," said Takagi to reporters.
Clark went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday night against the Hiroshima Carp.
Wladimir Balentien on Sadaharu Oh, the record, and the media:
I learned about the wonderful home run king Oh after I came to Japan. I respect him. It would be a great honor to break his record.
This is Japan. I can understand why they do not want a record set by a Japanese player to be broken. I feel like I am close [to breaking the record], but I also feel very far away from it.
Media coverage started increasing about two weeks ago and I am being interviewed more often. I have never experienced anything like this, so I am surprised.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2013
The Carp might modify the starting rotation so Kenta Maeda gets six starts before the end of the season, including three against the Yomiuri Giants. If they try to keep him on a six-days of rest schedule, he will most likely get five starts.
Naoto Tsuru will be sent down to Ni-gun after a rough start on Wednesday night against the Yokohama Bay Stars: 2.0 IP, 14 BF, 7 H, 1 HR, 1 SO, 1 BB, 6 R, 5 ER.
Source: Sponichi 9/4/2013
Yokohama Bay Stars
Together with DeNA's track and field team, the Bay Stars announced the start of the DeNA Sekai Egao Project. The goal of the project is to collect used baseball gloves, bats, and sneakers for children in other countries that need them.
The Bay Stars have scrapped their plans to start Daisuke Miura on four days of rest after he had a rough outing against the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday (4.0 IP, 20 BF, 7 H, 2 HR, 4 SO, 0 BB, 6 R, 5 ER).