Congratulations to Yohei Ohshima and Tony Blanco who were named to the Central League's Best 9. It was Ohshima's first nomination and Blanco's second. Ohshima was second in the voting amoung outfielders, only 17 votes behind Yomiuri's Hisayoshi Chono, and is currently working out and playing with Team Japan. It hasn't been determined yet if Ohshima will be selected to play for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Blanco is currently a free agent and hoping to get a multi-year deal from a NPB team.