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NPB: new standard baseball to be discussed at next executive committee meeting

by on May.11, 2012 @ 5:58 pm, under NPB

Sanspo reports that the new standard baseball will be discussed during the next executive committee meeting on May 14.  The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association has asked that the league and the twelve teams reconsider the new standard baseball.

The average number of home runs per game fell from 1.86 in 2010 to 1.09 in 2011.  The average number of home runs per game this year stands at 0.81 (through to May 9).

A separate Sanspo article mentions that the Hanshin Tigers no longer support the new standard baseball (or at least they are not happy with it).

"I think it is necessary to think about whether or not the new baseball is good for the fans.  The business side of things also needs to be considered.  The attempt to move to one standard baseball is good, but I do not think the goal was about making it more difficult to score runs.  If they ask for our opinion, I plan to let them know what the team is thinking," said a Hanshin rep to reporters.

The NPB signed a two-year deal with Mizuno that ends at the end of this season.  But since Mizuno stepped up production on the ball in order to meet demands, the league will need to make a decision as soon as possible.