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NPB considering a “special” game for 2012

by on Jun.15, 2011 @ 5:49 pm, under NPB

The Central League and Pacific League chairmen met for a meeting today in Tokyo and confirmed the idea of playing a special game next season before the start of Inter-league play.  Proceeds from the game would go towards funding player pensions.  The game wouldn't be an All-Star game, but would involve all 12 teams.

Further deliberations will continue with the hopes that a concrete idea for the special will come to fruition some time in July.

UPDATE 6/16 @ 3:35pm - A little more information...  It seems the leagues won't try to force the foreign players into playing, since the proceeds will be funding pensions for Japanese players.  And while they still aren't sure of the format, they are considering things Best Nine match-ups, Veterans vs Rookies, League Leader match-ups.