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CL not in agreement with PL regarding Inter-league season

by on Apr.24, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

The Pacific League met last week to discuss the Central League's suggestion to cut down the number of Inter-league games from twenty-four to eighteen (per team).  The PL does not want to see a reduction in games and in turn countered with several ideas to shorten the schedule that included splitting the Inter-league season into two halves that are played during the first and second halves of the regular season and a change to the way make-up dates are scheduled.

The CL met in Tokyo today and did not agree with the PL counter-proposal.

CL chairman (and Hiroshima Carp director) Kiyoaki Suzuki said to reporters, "Inter-league games currently make up a fairly large portion of the season games.  Inter-league games should not influence the pennant race. ... Realistically, [the PL's proposals] are not possible."

The matters will be re-visited during an executive committee meeting in May.

Source: jiji press 4/24/2013, Sponichi 4/24/2013


UPDATE 4/25 @ 2:59pm -

Nikkan Sports has a bit more: the CL is reportedly against the twenty-four game format because they are questioning the need of the Inter-league season or an Inter-league champion.

"This is not just about the number of games.  We need to think about what the Inter-league season means.  There is a need for us to figure out the problems and discuss them," said Suzuki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2013