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NPB Meeting: ban on players playing catch on the field during games

by on May.13, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB

An NPB meeting was held in Tokyo earlier today.  A number of issues were discussed, including, but not limited to:

  • An agreement was reached to place a firm ban on players playing catch in the area in front of the dugout during the game.  The change will go into effect next season.  A trial run will begin at Ni-gun after the All-Star break this season.
  • Discussions about the CL's suggestion to decrease Inter-league games from twenty-four to eighteen will continue since the two sides could not reach a compromise -- the PL does not want decrease the number of games.
  • The Yomiuri Giants announced that they were discussing plans with the Hanshin Tigers to open the 2014 season in the US.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013, jiji press 5/13/2013, Daily Sports 5/13/2013

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The Yakult Swallows raised the issue of dangerous collision plays at home plate during today's Central League meeting.  The team has already lost two catchers -- Ryoji Aikawa and Masahiko Tanaka -- to injuries that were sustained during collision plays at home plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2013