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NPB: No more friendly mingling on the field amongst players

by on Mar.07, 2011 @ 9:46 pm, under NPB

The NPB formally notified all managers, coaches, players, and umpires that players should no longer hold friendly chats with their opponents under Section 3.09 of the NPB rulebook.  More specifically, players should no longer talk / whisper with opposing players on the field (in any kind of situation) the moment fans begin to take their seats in the stands.

You can thank the recent gambling scandal that hit the sumo world as reason for the NPB's sudden paranoia.

2 comments on “NPB: No more friendly mingling on the field amongst players

  1. bbdad

    Wow…way to serious!! Paranoia is saying it midly. So a player can’t say nice at bat or nice hit during the game? In Japan it doesn’t seem like an senblense of fun…maybe that is why the better players all seek to play in the US. Serious, but real life. And I understand the history, but one day the players union will appear more strong if they don’t watch out…am I wrong on this?

    1. Gen Post author

      The rule itself is pretty general and doesn’t cover specifics. It just basically rules out any sort of chatter between opposing players while on the field.

      The big thing here is that the league doesn’t want to give outside parties any openings to accuse players for rigging games. It definitely seems a bit over the top. And it isn’t like the NPB is rampant with players rigging games either (at least that I’m aware of).

      But then the NPB is fairly conservative group so I’m not really all that surprised.

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