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[10/8/2013] New NPB Commissioner, CL “meaningless” games, Hall of Fame Rules, World Children’s Baseball Foundation

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 1:30 am, under NPB

New NPB Commissioner

Yomiuri Giants' chairman Tsuneo Watanabe spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said he was not sure if owners were going to be able to select a new commissioner before the end of the year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013


Former Chief of Special Investigations with the Tokyo District Prosecutor's Office and Advisor to the NPB commissioner, Katsuhiko Kumazaki (71), will likely be named Chairman of the NPB.  Kumazaki is also gaining traction as a possible candidate to replace Ryozo Kato as the new NPB commissioner among Central League teams.  However, the Pacific League is looking for someone young and business-oriented.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013

Central League: Canceling "meaningless" games

The Central League discussed the possibility of canceling games that take place after the standings are set during a league meeting on Tuesday.  The CL agreement includes a clause that would allow the league to cancel games once the standings are set.  There were also instances in 1950 and 1953 when "meaningless" games were canceled due to scheduling reasons.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013

Hall of Fame Rules

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum held a board of directors meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss a number of issues.  Among them, a change to the award rules that would increase the number of candidates for the Expert Division from ten to twenty and shift umpires to the special selection award.

The organization is also planning to elect a new board chairman during a special board of directors meeting in November since the current board chairman, Ryozo Kato, will be stepping down from his duties.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

World Children's Baseball Foundation

World Children's Baseball Foundation board chairman Sadaharu Oh visited the Ehime prefectural government offices on Tuesday and spoke to governor Tokihiro Nakamura about holding the 24th World Children's Baseball Fair in Ehime next year.  The governor is interested and the two sides will begin looking into potential sites for the event.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2013


4 comments on “[10/8/2013] New NPB Commissioner, CL “meaningless” games, Hall of Fame Rules, World Children’s Baseball Foundation

  1. IM

    Would they really consider cancelling “meaningless” games? Would that make any sense financially? A lot of people think the MLB should shorten their season, but none of the owners are willing to give up any of their home dates. I know the end of the NPB season is a little different because the final week is reserved for make-up games, but I imagine the owners are still making money off of those games despite the additional travel and awkward scheduling.

    1. Steve Novosel

      No chance of that happening, I would guess. Its not as if they are losing money by holding the games, so why would they cancel them?

      They just need a better approach to handling the makeup games. The occasional double header would be great.

      1. Gen Post author

        I don’t know, I think it’s possible a team could lose money by playing meaningless games, especially if, for example, a fifth place team were to play a sixth place team during the First Stage of the Climax Series. You probably wouldn’t get much of a draw and operating expenses for that game could end up being higher than the amount that comes in. I can’t imagine fans spending much money on merchandise or concessions during games like that either.

        I’m a little more interested in knowing what they plan to do with the players like: do they get credit for that game, or does it just not count? Would it affect salary and their playing time (FA options)?

        Although, I suppose all this would be moot if, as Steve says, the league handled make-up games better (in other words, attacking the root of the problem). I think double-headers would definitely go a long way towards solving some of those issues.

        1. Steve Novosel

          There was no good reason not to hold last night’s Seibu/Lotte game the weekend before, for example. Both teams were already playing a weekend day game at Seibu Dome – just move the first start to 12:00 and make the second 45m after the first.

          Who wouldn’t like that? And it would reduce all the crazy travel the teams do making up sometimes meaningless games at the end of the season.

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