Nakamura was given the nickname Mucho after bullpen catcher Jun Otsuka saw him eating a bag of Kara Mucho chips. He does not actually like Kara Mucho chips that much. His favorite is Kata Age Potato, black pepper flavor.
Nakamura will be named captain of the Yakult Swallows in 2018. He will be the first team captain since Hiroyasu Tanaka in 2013.
Source: Sanspo 1/15/2018
Nakamura is thinking about using a blue catcher’s mitt in 2018. He has been testing one since the fall. He believes pitchers will find it easier to see the blue. Nakamura used a brown and black glove at the start of the 2017 season. He switched over to a reddish glove partway through the year because one color was easier to see than two colors. The move to blue might also help calm pitchers down (instead of the red).
Source: Sports Hochi 1/5/2018