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General NPB News: April 5, 2010

by on Apr.06, 2010 @ 12:32 am, under NPB

...The Pacific League held a board of directors meeting on Monday and decided that they would allow teams to have up to one advanced scout in the dugout during games.  The update to the rules will go into effect on the 9th.

They also agreed to allow teams to have up to two interpreters in the dugout during games, with up to four in special cases where it was deemed necessary.  A total 42 people will now be allowed in the dugout.

...The NPB held an executive committee meeting on Monday and decided to hold their annual player award convention on November 18th at Akasaka Sakasu.

They also discussed...

...the future of the Asia Series and how it might connect to a Global World Series.

...whether or not it would be plausible to have a Japan - Korea Series on either 11/13 or 11/14.

...acknowledged that they will be allowing younger players to attend the Intercontinental Cup in October (five candidates from each team).  It seems they also want this to be the last time they are asked to send players to this tournament.

...and they continued their discussions on moving towards having one company manufacture baseball for them.

As well as...

...the both pro and amateur groups will put together subcommittees in order to work out rules for competitions between the two groups.

...will present a case to see if it's possible to play games against MLB teams in November.

...discuss how to quicken games more as they are currently averages 3 hours and 10 minutes.  The goal is to play games out in 3 hours.

...and to heard the umpires case for creating a standard on video replay equipment.