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The seriousness of High School Baseball

by on Oct.09, 2009 @ 2:33 pm, under High School

I'm still trying to get the facts straight on this, so if anyone has anymore to add to this, please feel free.

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The Yamanashi Cable TV network (Nihon Network Service) will not be televise the finals games (that set to take place on 10/11) of the Yamanashi Fall Tournament because there's concern that other teams will use the footage to dissect the teams involved.

The Yamanashi High School Baseball Federation received an application to broadcast the game but they turned down the request with the following reason: "If the game is recorded, we are worried that the footage will be dissected by teams involved in the Kanto Tournament."

The top two teams out of the Yamanashi Fall Tournament will take part in the Kanto Tournament.  How well a team plays at the Kanto Tournament will help determine which teams advance to the Spring Tournament next year.

3 comments on “The seriousness of High School Baseball

    1. Gen Post author

      Interesting. Thanks for the link to the video Goro Shigeno. Didn’t realize people were actually going so far as to blur out the pitcher / batter confrontations. Seems kind of silly and counter-productive to me, but I guess they feel it’s something that needs to be done.

  1. Goro Shigeno

    I didn’t think people would either, which is why when I first saw it, I thought something was wrong with my computer.

    My guess is when it’s “safe”, they’ll post a fixed version of it.

    I can see the reasoning behind it. Teams need to find some advantage somewhere, and they can take advantage of avid baseball fans who post videos to get some ideas.

    But given the angles and all, I find it hard to believe that for instance the video I linked earlier would give anything away. Perhaps the strength of the fielders, but it’s still a stretch.

    I could see the point of view for not televising the finals. There you have a stable camera angle and can analyze things better. And given that Yamanashi isn’t necessarily a strong prefecture in the Kanto region, they need any edge they can get.

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