I have to admit that I'm glad that Maeda is staying. I think he might be able to get Hiroshima over the hump this year. I don't know what moves the Carp have made this off season but any fan always has to hope for the best. I'm still hoping that Kuroda might return. I haven't seen any signs of him being back in MLB. Anyway, I'm looking forward to Maeda's pitching and the awesome play of Kikuchi.