Tatsuro Hamada, Takahiro Kawasaki, Kazuyuki Akasaka, and pitching coach Takashi Ogasawara met team officials on Wednesday to provide a report on their experiences while playing winter ball in Taiwan.
Source: Sponichi 12/25/2013
Shuhei Takahashi passed his drivers license test on Wednesday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2013
The Swallows announced the following staff additions/changes: Yuki Mizuno - farm system staff; Yuya Ota - batting practice pitcher; and Masanori Matsui - from Ikusei coach to chief of baseball operations.
Source: official announcement
For the first time in franchise history, the Carp will have three foreign players with salaries over 100 million yen: Bryan Bullington (1.36 million yen), Kam Mickolio (115 million yen), and Kila Ka'aihue (100 million yen).
According to Tokyo Sports, the Carp not only wanted Mickolio back next season for his performance on the field, but also for his wife, Tiffany -- she has apparently been helpful with getting new players and their families acclimated to Japan and has also been friendly with Japanese players and their families.
Source: Tokyo Sports 12/25/2013
The Carp posted their schedule for spring camp.