Sanspo: Yahoo Dome to get new turf. Softbank has announced that their stadium will be fitted with new turf for the 2009 season. The new turf will apparently be more durable with better shock absorbency. The new turf will be installed between 2/11/2009 and 3/2/2009.
Wonder what kind of effect, if any, it might have on defense.
Sponchi: The NPB Commissioner now has more power. Starting next month, the NPB Commissioner's duties will also include presiding over the CL and PL, leaving the current CL and PL Presidents in power until the end of the month.
Nikkan Sports further reports that while the umps and score-keeping divisions will have their own league heads, they will be merging into one body.
In merging the three offices (PL, CL, and NPB Commissioner), the hope is that things will be run more efficiently and economically. Some are worried that the merge could take away some of the individual qualities of the PL and CL, but most feel that change was needed.