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[7/11/2014] NPB News and Notes: New Baseball Supplier, HoF Induction Ceremony

by on Jul.11, 2014 @ 8:30 pm, under NPB

The NPB held a meeting on Wednesday to explain the bidding process for becoming their next official supplier of standard baseballs, beginning in 2016.  Six companies, including Mizuno and Rawlings, attended the meeting.  The bidding will begin some time during the fall.  The NPB plans to select a company by January 2015.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2014

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Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki will head to the United States early next week to watch the MLB All-Star Game.  This will be his first visit since taking on the role of commissioner.  He will also be meeting with various officials to discuss the posting system and to garner support of baseball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2014

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The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo announced that an induction ceremony for Hideo Nomo, Koji Akiyama, and Kazuhiro Sasaki will take place before Game 1 of the All-Star Series.  A special exhibit featuring the three players will also run at the museum between July 18 and September 21.  Their plaques will go on display beginning on the 19th.

Source: official announcement