Please excuse the randomness of these links - I accumulated them over the offseason but never found the time to post them.
- Yakult commemorated the retirement of Hirotoshi Ishii with this decorative mobile phone strap. Ishii was once Japan's top power lefty, but hadn't pitched above ni-gun for several years due to injuries.
- In contrast, Softbank power righty (and NPB Tracker favorite) Nagisa Arakaki is on his way back. Arakaki pitched in November's Asia Series, his first "ichi-gun level" game action in three years.
- A number of NPB prospects participated in the Australian Baseball League this offseason, and the ABL's official Twitter stream was kind enough to tweet me with updates on Yusei Kikuchi, Kenta Imamiya, and Takumi Akiyama.
- I discovered a new blog recently: NPB Prospect Watch. This blog fills a much-needed niche for me and has a very good chance of making it into my regular rotation.