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Around the NPB Horn: 2010 Pacific League season to start on March 20th

by on Aug.10, 2009 @ 3:02 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Over 60 and a Tigers' fan? You're in luck. The Tigers will be hosting a "Nice Silver Day" (silver as in the hair color) on September 13th. 300 of tickets will be given out to 150 fans over the age of 60.

You can grab more information at the official Tigers website.

...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi was knocked out of last night's game after giving up 5 runs (all earned) over 5+ innings of work. Shimoyanagi is in the second year of a 2 year contract and is in jeopardy of perhaps pitching himself out of the Tigers' plans for next season.

...Team President Nobuo Minami left for the US on Sunday. He will be in the States for about a week and will visit a couple of MLB clubs, including the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. Minami will also be meeting with the team's Stateside scouts to discuss their game plan for next season. Hideki Matsui's name has been mentioned a number of times over the last few weeks, as has Kei Igawa's name. Both are currently members of the Yankees.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Atsunori Inaba was diagnosed with a slight injury to his left chest (左胸部肋骨の軽度の損傷). It isn't a serious injury and Inaba is already set to start tomorrow night's game against the Orix Buffaloes.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Stephen Randolph made his first start at Ni-gun, since arriving in Japan, on Sunday. He went 6 scoreless innings and gave up 2 hits against the EL Futures.

Randolph will likely join the parent club on Tuesday, taking Teruaki Yoshikawa's spot on the roster (Yoshikawa gave up 4 runs on Sunday in just 4+ innings).


...Mark your calendars: the 2010 Pacific League season will begin on March 20th next year. The Central League has already decided to begin their season on March 26th.

...The Central League announced that they will test out their video replay systems on the 11th. The CL is working towards adding video replays for HR call disputes and will be testing the systems at 2 of the games on the 11th: Yokohama vs. Yakult game at Jingu Stadium and Yomiuri vs Hiroshima game at Mazda Stadium.

Since the system will only be used in parks where the home team is playing in their own stadium, it will not be tested during the Chunichi vs. Hanshin game at Kyocera Dome.

There is still no word on when the system will go live full-time, but Giants' exec Hidetoshi Kiyotake said that he'd like to see the system go live next year, starting with trial runs at exhibition games and ending with full implementation by the start of the season.

...Chief officers from the various pro league offices in Japan, Korean, Taiwan, and China will be getting together for a meeting in China later this month. At the meeting, Japan will likely inform the other countries that they are heavily leaning towards canceling the Asia series because of the large losses it suffered last year.

Japan also intends on explaining why moving the venue to another country or region won't help.