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NPB Extra Innings Rule for 2011 season released

by on Apr.11, 2011 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB

The Central League and Pacific League formally announced complete details on game length limits for the 2011 season.  They are as follows:

  1. If two teams are still tied after playing 12 innings, the game will end in a tie.  For the 2011 season, once the length of the game hits 3 hours and 30 minutes, games will not advance into any new extra innings.  The limit will begin the moment the game actually begins and not the scheduled start time.
  2. The 3 hour 30 minute limit includes delays caused by things like rain, wind, fog, and any other reasons that might temporarily stop play.
  3. Double headers will not advance into any new extra innings if they hit the 3 hour 30 minute mark.
  4. If a game ends early because a blackout, the game will be called.

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Both leagues also announced that they will hand out Nippon Seimei Monthly MVP Awards and JA Go Go Awards this season.

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The Central League announced the start times for 4 Yomiuri Giants' games taking place at Tokyo Dome this year:

10/1 - vs Hiroshima - 14:00

10/2 - vs Hiroshima - 18:00

10/15 - vs Chunichi - 18:00

10/16 - vs Chunichi - 14:00

A game between the Yakult Swallows and Yomiuiri Giants on 6/29 at Utsunomiya Kiyohara Baseball Stadium was also canceled (the stadium was damaged during the earthquake).

3 comments on “NPB Extra Innings Rule for 2011 season released

  1. JasonP

    How does NPB handle double headers? Do they do two 7-inning games, like the US minor leagues? Otherwise it sounds like they’d probably only get 3-4 innings into the second game before time expires.

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    1. fighting ham

      You are joking, right?

      Just in case, a new clock starts ticking for the second game of a double header.

      Reply
    2. Gen Post author

      I probably should have been a little more clear on the double-header point. As fighting ham mentions, the clock would be reset for the second game.

      Reply

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