Regarding the proposal for moving towards a one baseball standard --
The Yakult Swallows have a contract with ZETT for baseball through to the end of the 2011 season. This originally caused some problems, but it seems the Swallows and ZETT were able to agree on a change to the contract that will allow the Ichi-gun club to move to the new baseball while the Ni-gun club continues to use the baseballs made by ZETT.
The NPB is hoping to start using the new Mizuno balls for the 2011 season. If production goes well, there's a possibility the baseballs could be ready for use during Fall camp this year.
The plan is to move towards a ball that fits the guidelines of the baseball used in international competitions.
It seems most of the 12 NPB clubs selected Mizuno in a survey that was prepared by the NPB (it seems there were one or more clubs that didn't provide an answer). The other options were ZETT, Asics, and Kubota.
Beginning this year, All-Star teams will be allowed to have a manager, two coaches, and another coach for hitting grounders / fly balls.
This year's Junior Tournament will take place between 12/26 - 12/28 at Yahoo Dome.
The 12 teams of the NPB will debate the Player's Association's new proposal for free agency during their next schedule meeting (6/18).
The next Pacific League board of trustees meeting will go over ideas for how to shorten the length of games (there will be an exchange of ideas between players and umpires).