Samurai Japan top team batting coach Atsunori Inaba visited Korean to check on players ahead of the upcoming Premier 12 tournament. He watched the SK-Nexxen Wild Card game on October 7.
Before leaving for Korea, Inaba spoke to reporters about the Samuraj Japan line-up and said he felt the top three hitters in the order could be Tetsuto Yamada, Yuki Yanagita, and Shogo Akiyama because of their ability to get on base and apply pressure on opponents.
The Korean Baseball Organization released it's Premier 12 roster on October 7. Seung-Hwan Oh (Hanshin) was left off the roster because of his injury. Dae-Eun Rhee (Lotte) and Dae-Ho Lee (Softbank) made the cut.
Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2015
Samurai Japan announced on October 8 that Nippon Tsuun agreed to become a Diamond Partner.
Updated list of current partners:
- Diamond Partners
- at home
- Nippon Tsuun (Nippon Express)
- Official Partners
- Rakuten Card
- Official Suit Partner
- Brooks Brothers
Source: official announcement
The NPB is testing new rules for plays at home plate during the Phoenix League. There are two main rules: runners are not allowed to initiate contact with anyone at home plate and the catcher is not allowed to block the pathway of a runner. The new rules could be implemented for the 2016 regular season.
Umpires are also enforcing rules during the Phoenix League that could help shorten games, like pitchers having to throw the ball witin fifteen seconds if there are no runners on base.
The Meikyukai (Golden Players Club) will be hosting a Baseball Festival at YafuOku Dome on January 11. The day will be split into three blocks: baseball/softball clinic for about 300 youths, various events (like a home run derby), and a friendly seven-inning game between Meikyukai members.
Source: official details