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[5/8/2014] JPBPA suggests more flexibilty for Standard Baseball; Premier 12 in Taiwan and Japan

by on May.09, 2014 @ 12:37 am, under International, NPB

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association met with the NPB on Wednesday.  Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Shuichi Murata (Yomiuri), Eishin Soyogi (Hiroshima), Ryosuke Morioka (Yakult), and Tatsuya Shimozono (Yokohama) attended the meeting as representatives for the players.  A number of issues were discussed, including, but not limited to:

  • the standard baseball -- players are suggesting more flexibility and are open to replacing upper and lower limits with a general average because they understand it might not always be possible to manufacture baseballs that fall within the narrow limits.
  • lower limits on player salary
  • player visits to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo -- as part of the NPB's eightieth anniversary, players from the NPB will visit the museum this season: Nippon Ham on May 25, Rakuten on May 28, Seibu on June 7, Lotte on June 9, Orix on June 18, and Softbank on June 20.  Central League players will visit the museum later during the summer (July and August).

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2014, Sponichi 5/7/2014

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Media in Taiwan reported that preliminary rounds for the first Premier 12, scheduled to take place in November 2015, could take place in both Japan and Taiwan.  The finals game will most likely take place in Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 5/7/2014, Focus Taiwan 5/6/2014

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