The Central and Pacific Leagues held board of director meetings today and decided on board chairmen for the 2012 season -- Chunichi Dragon rep Ryohei Sato was selected in the CL and Rakuten Eagle acting owner Motoharu Inoue was selected in the PL (fifth year in a row).
The CL also decided to create a league emblem that will begin appearing on uniforms next season.
The NPB held an executive committee meeting today and discussed both a rental player rule and a disabled list rule. A final decision could not be reached on either so discussions will be picked up at a later date.
Regarding the two rules:
Rental player - The Rakuten Eagles suggested the rule. Some felt the rule could help spur player trades/signings while others felt it made more sense just to trade players.
Disabled list - The Softbank Hawks suggested the rule. Would allow players that need large chunks of time for rehab to remain on roster without coming off the 70-man roster. Some shot the rule down and said teams should just work within the 70-man roster limit.
It was also announced that Pacific League councilor Shiromitsu Hanai will be stepping down before the end of the year.
UPDATE 12/7 @ 1:34am - Other items discussed at the meeting:
- Umpires Kazuki Kudo (31) and Yoshiharu Yamaguchi (31) will be studying at the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring between 1/3 and 2/4 next year. The NPB will cover the costs.
- They confirmed the dates for the NPB's transition over to a General Incorporated Association (一般社団法人).
- Confirmed that they will round up data on the new baseball (mostly from player surveys) during an executive committee meeting in January 2012.
- More on the CL emblem - the Tiffany & Co. designed championship emblem and will be placed on uniforms belonging to the previous year's league champions.
The NPB announced today that they are accepting 30 applicants that are interested in attending a trial training course for NPB umpires (1/27/2012 - 1/29/2012). Additional information can be found at the official NPB site.
Via Nikkan Sports: The Baseball Federation of Japan announced that Ayako Rokkaku (20) was awarded the Woman Athlete of the Year by the IBAF. Keisuke Kotani (48) was also selected as an Umpire of the Year.