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All-Star Game 2012 Updates; Samurai Japan manager by late August; KBO players threaten boycott

by on Jul.11, 2012 @ 2:42 am, under NPB, Other

Mazda All-Star Game 2012 updates:

  • Yuki Saito (HAM) is currently slated to start the first game of the All-Star series for the Pacific League.  Kenta Maeda (HIR) will likely start the first game for the Central League.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
  • Yuki Karakawa (LOT) is hoping to make his All-Star appearance during the third game of the series.  Karakawa was scratched from his start on Wednesday because of possible back tightness.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
  • Tony Blanco (CHU) is expected to withdraw from the All-Star series.  Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012

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The twelve NPB teams would like to see the Samurai Japan manager selected by late August because they want to get started on the business-side of things, like rounding up sponsors.  Acting NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato told reporters that he would also like to make a decision as soon as possible, but was having a difficult time deciding whether or not to go with an active (tight schedule) or retired (may have lost the feel for the game) manager.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012

Kato is currently working with WBC special advisor Sadaharu Oh to narrow down candidates for the position.  Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012

Amongst the names that have been mentioned: Tatsunori Hara, Koji Akiyama, and Hiromitsu Ochiai.  Source: Sanspo 7/10/2012

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The KBO player's union is threatening to boycott the 2012 KBO All-Star Game and the next WBC if a tenth team is not allowed into the league.  Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012

A little more detail from the Korea Times (6/19/2012):

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) concluded Tuesday that it will not allow a 10th team in the league at this time, disappointing fans in the areas vying for the new outfit.

The Korean baseball players' union is also unhappy with the decision and announced that its players will boycott the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and the All-Star Game in July.

... The board concluded that improving the conditions of amateur baseball in high and middle schools was a prerequisite ahead of adding another team to the league.

And from a Korea Herald article that was posted on 7/10/2012:

The Korea Baseball Organization's board of directors announced on Tuesday that it will review information regarding the establishment of a 10th team.

The decision of the pro baseball governing body is a reversal from its earlier decision on June 19 to postpone the discussion.

... "There was a proposal that was well developed," said Yang who added that he would discuss the proposal with the players' association.

... It was reported that teams opposing a 10th club, including Samsung, Lotte and Hanwha, did not reject the proposal, unlike in previous meetings.