A few interesting little facts about Kakunaka, from Nikkan Sports:
- He does not like light cleats and has a preference for sturdy cleats. He does not think he runs fast enough for light cleats to help.
- He does not like thick batting gloves with good grip. He has always preferred slick gloves while using plenty of grip spray/powder. He uses new gloves for each game.
- He has not made any significant changes to the bats he has used over the last five years. He currently uses differently weighted bats depending on the handedness of the pitcher: against right-handed pitchers 900 grams and against left-handed pitchers 890 grams.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2017
Kakunaka signed a management contract with HoriPro.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/29/2017, HoriPro