NPB general news and notes from July 19:
- Samurai Japan could play an international game in Taiwan during the upcoming off-season. Taiwan threw the idea around and the NPB is now looking into the possibility of playing two games before the Asia Series (November 15-20). The two sides are expected to continue discussions. Due to the timing, the Samurai Japan roster will most likely be made up younger players. Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2013
- The NPB is planning to select a permanent Samurai Japan manager before the end of fall. His first job may end up being the two international games in Taiwan. Source: Sports Hochi 7/19/2013
- The players confirmed today, during a special general meeting in Sapporo, that they would like to undergo organizational reform under a new commissioner. The players do not have any confidence in current NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2013
- The players also confirmed that they are against a new rule that will ban players from playing catch near the dugouts during games next season. A trial run will begin at Ni-gun during the second-half this year. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2013
UPDATE 7/20 @ 12:20am -
In response to the players, commissioner Kato told reporters he heard about what the players said and recognized the need to improve the levels of trust. He also said it was important to wait for the third-party committee to finalize their report on what happened with the NPB baseball.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2013