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[8/2/2013] NPB General News and Notes

by on Aug.02, 2013 @ 6:57 am, under NPB

The media learned that 164 people, including a number of women, submitted applications for the NPB Umpire School in December.  The NPB was pleasantly surprised by the number of applications -- there is only enough room for fifty to sixty students -- and have plans to hold additional sessions in the future.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2013, Sponichi 8/2/2013

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The NPB announced on Wednesday that a team of Eastern League players will play two practice games against the National Team competing at the East Asian Games in October.

  • Game 1 - August 3 (Sat) - Giants Stadium @ 13:00
  • Game 2 - August 4 (Sun) - Giants Stadium @ 13:00

Admission will be free.

Source: official announcement

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Naotaka Okuno stepped down from his post as the NPB's chief of business promotion on July 31.  Okuno brought his expertise in marketing to the NPB in 2011.  He was a member of the Samuari Japan Project and played a large role during discussions between the JPBPA and the MLB for the 2013 WBC.

Source: Sponichi 8/1/2013