...revised the qualification rules for the CL and PL Rookie of the Year Awards to allow foreign players (with foreign pro baseball experience) a chance to be eligible, provided they either enter the league via the NPB draft, or the team they belong to submits an application to their respective league board of directors for review. The Yomiuri Giants went ahead and submitted an application for Levi Romero today.
...decided they will review the current posting system rules after the Rakuten Eagles suggested changes be made (their suggestion is to give negotiating rights to the top three bidders instead of only the top bidder). The NPB will begin the by opening up discussions with the MLB.
...decided that the NPB will send the Nippon Series champs to the Asia Series.
...shifted the Farm Championships from 10/1 to 10/8 (Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki).
...scheduled a practice game between the University National Baseball Team (the one that will be playing a friendly series against the US in July) and the Eastern League on 6/27.
...accepted a proposal for an umpire cam (submitted by Nippon TV). The umpire cam will be allowed during the 6th and 7th innings of Yomiuri Giants' games at Tokyo Dome (beginning with Inter-league series games). Umps will not be required / forced to wear the camera.
The All Japan Baseball Foundation held a board of directors meeting today and finalized their decision to name vice chairman Toru Mori to board chairman.