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WBC: Trophy Schedule; NPB to start using MLB-regulation ball?; and more

by on Mar.27, 2009 @ 9:34 am, under WBC

...The WBC trophy will make the following stops:

  • Tokyo Dome, April 3-5
  • Seibu Dome, April 7-9
  • Yokohama, April 10-12
  • Chiba, April 14-16
  • Jingu, April 17-19
  • Kyocera Dome, April 21-23
  • Yahoo Dome, April 24-26
  • Mazda Stadium, April 28-30
  • Koshien, May 2-4
  • Sapporo Dome, May 8-10
  • Kleenex Stadium, May 12-14
  • Nagoya Dome, May 15-17

...The Seibu Lions held a special WBC ceremony for Hideaki Wakui, Hiroyuki Nakajima, and Yasuyuki Kataoka prior to their game against the the Yomiuri Giants.

...There was a bit of a panic at Sendai Station when some 500 fans crowded the area for a chance to see Hisashi Iwakuma. It took Iwakuma over 30 minutes to get to his car, with the help of station personnel.

...Ryozo Kato, NPB Commissioner, said that he is considering a move to have the leagues use a baseball that is closer in dimensions to an MLB regulation ball in preparation for the 2013 WBC.

There are also talks of establishing a new tournament with Japan being the host country. One possibility is placing an age limit on who can participate, perhaps something along the lines of an "Under 25 World Baseball Classic."