Toru Matsubara, secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, met player reps Motohiro Shima (Rakuten; also players association chairman) and Takumi Kuriyama (Seibu) at Seibu Dome on Wednesday to discuss what they expect from the standard baseball third-party investigations.
"I plan to submit our requests during the first committee meeting. We are not looking for someone to resign. What we want is a stable/reliable system/organization to be built," said Matsubara.
Players association chairman Shima added, "The players, the fans included, are partners in baseball. I would like things to be more open, to be more transparent. That is what our demands are."
The third-party investigation panel's first committee meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2013
Matsubara submitted the players' demands and opinions to the NPB today. According to Daily Sports, the document submitted to the NPB was highly critical of NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato and included the following requirement for future candidates: "Future commissioners should have a vision for the future and be willing to accept responsibility; someone that possesses/can display strong leadership abilities."
Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2013
Yomiuri Giants' chairman Tsuneo Watanabe on his thoughts about the standard ball:
The commissioner is not [directly] responsible. If one cabinet minister loses their job because of a scandal, does the prime minister resign? Of course not. If that were to happen, the government would never be stable.
You see, I never had a chance to throw a baseball or use a bat to hit a baseball when I was a kid. The only think I know about baseball is the baseball agreement. It really does not register when people tell me things about the standard baseball... So what you are asking me is impossible for me to answer. What I do not know, I do not know.
I do not know why Mizuno was made an exclusive supplier. I think competition is good. I think it would be interesting to have different companies create baseballs then have home teams select which to use.
UPDATE @ 9:26pm -
The NPB officially announced today that the Standard Baseball Third-Party Investigation Committee will meet on Friday in Tokyo. Scheduled attendees: committee chairman Kohei Nasu, Zenzo Sasaki, Masatake Yone, special adviser Masumi Kuwata, CL chairman Kiyoaki Suzuki, and PL chairman Yoshio Murayama. NPB commissioner Kato is not scheduled to attend. The first meeting will be about how the panel plans to conduct its investigations. A schedule will also be worked out.
Source: Sponichi 6/27/2013