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[12/26/2013] Katsuhiko Kumazaki named next NPB commissioner

by on Dec.26, 2013 @ 5:05 pm, under NPB

The owners met today and unanimously elected Katsuhiko Kumazaki to become the next NPB commissioner, effective January 1, 2014.

Past NPB Commissioners

Name JPN Name ENG Term Length
福井 盛太 Fukui, Morita 04/1951-04/1954
井上  登 Inoue, Nobori 01/1956-01/1962
内村 祐之 Uchimura, Yushi 05/1962-04/1965
宮沢 俊義 Miyazawa, Toshiyoshi 08/1965-03/1971
大浜 信泉 Ohama, Nobumoto 05/1971-02/1976
金子  鋭 Kaneko, Toshi 07/1976-02-1979
下田 武三 Shimoda, Takeso 04/1979-03/1985
竹内 寿平 Takeuchi, Juhei 05/1986-06/1988
吉国 一郎 Yoshikuni, Ichiro 03/1989-03/1998
川島 広守 Kawashima, Hiromori 03/1998-01/2004
根来 泰周 Negoro, Yasuchika 02/2004-01/2007
加藤 良三 Kato, Ryozo 07/2008-10/2013

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Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2013, Daily Sports 12/26/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2013, Sponichi 12/26/2013

[UPDATE @ 11:29pm]

Kumazaki's interaction with the media.

What are you planning to deal with first?

The problems with the standard baseball revealed problems within the organization.  I would like to help change things with support from everyone.

What are your thoughts on electing a manager director?

There are many problems to deal with and I feel the the commissioner's job is expanding, growing.  I personally think it might be better to focus on making it a full-time position to allow for more control over day-to-day issues and responsibility.

Rakuten's [Masahiro] Tanaka is hoping to play in the Majors.

I am looking forward to seeing a great Japanese pitcher exhibit his full potential.  A number of issues have been pointed out with regards to the new posting system.  I think it is important to continue discussions while adhering to the agreement.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2013

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 11:16am]

Sports Hochi has posted a slightly different set of questions and answers with Kumazaki.

What went through your head when you accepted?

I thought I had enough of working in the public, I thought perhaps this fate and decided to accept.

What will your policy be as commissioner?

I want to deal with things fairly and with impartiality.

What are your thoughts on the problems with the standard baseball?

It needs to be open to the public.  Transparency is a major issue [with the NPB].

What are your thoughts on a managing director?

The commissioner's role is expanding, growing.  I think it might be important to create a full-time position that is assigned the responsibilities.

What are your thoughts on Rakuten's [Masahiro] Tanaka wanting to go to the Majors?

Personally, I feel relieved.  I am looking forward to see a great Japanese pitcher exhibit their full potential.  With regards to the agreement, I know about the advantage and disadvantages.  We will continue discussions.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2013

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 11:30am]

Kumazaki's term will last two years.  When asked about putting his name on NPB baseballs, he said, "I will not do it.  That is no me.  I think it is a good thing, but I will not do it."

Source: Sponichi 12/26/2013