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NPB: 3.5 hour time limit to be dropped during post-season play

by on Sep.05, 2011 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB

The NPB executive committee met today and discussed the following:

  • The 3.5 hour time limit rule will not be used during the post-season (Climax Series and Nippon Series).  Extra innings will be playing out as usual: Climax Series up to 12 innings and Nippon Series up to 15 innings (with no inning limit on 8th game and on).  Reason: the energy consumption restrictions set by the government will no longer be in effect by the time the post-season begins.
  • They confirmed that they will continue to push to receive a larger portion of the 2013 WBC revenue, specifically revenue created directly by the Japanese national team.
  • The NPB medical committee will hold a course on doping policies after Chunichi Dragon Hirokazu Ibata was caught.
  • The first round of Senryokugai notices will take place between 10/9 and the end of the regular season.
  • An announcement was made that the NPB instructed the 12 NPB teams to conduct research on broken bats -- there were 2 cases of broken bats flying into the stands during games at Mazda Stadium this season and a more recent accident involving Chiba Lotte Marine pitcher Yoshihiro Ito.

UPDATE 9/7 @ 1:47am - Sponichi has a slightly more complete list of things that were covered (some of which have already been mentioned in above and below):

  1. A charity game between the NPB and the KBO (could feature rosters from 2009 WBC) is being considered on the 1-year anniversary of the earthquake / tsunami.
  2. Chunichi apologize for the Ibata situation.  Decided to hold classes on drug policies during spring camp next year.
  3. Confirmed that the 2011 budget will be 96M in the black.
  4. Decided to donate 2M yen to the Miyagi High School Baseball Federation.
  5. Confirmed that a course on handling / dealing with organized crime will be held on 10/19 in Miyazaki.
  6. Decided to have research conducted on broken bats by bat manufacturers.
  7. Confirmed issues that will be discussed during a meeting with WBC Inc in New York on the 8th and 9th (NY time).
  8. Confirmed that the 1st round of senryokugai announcements will take place between 10/9 and the end of the regular season.
  9. Confirmed that the PL will turn to 2009 final standings for determining home teams for opening day next season.

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The Pacific League held a board of directors meeting today and decided that the top three teams from 2009 (Nippon Ham, Rakuten, and Softbank) will be the home teams on opening day next year.  Which means opening day 2012 for the PL will be: Orix at Softbank; Lotte at Rakuten; and Seibu at Nipon Ham.

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The NPB decided to donate 2M yen to the Miyagi High School Baseball Federation during a meeting today.  Part of the reason for the decision appears to be gratitude for allowing the All-Star game at Kleenex Stadium.

The 2011 budget was also approved: about 96M yen in the black with around 3.5B yen in revenue.

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