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[12/7/2015] Backlogged NPB News and Notes

by on Dec.08, 2015 @ 12:24 am, under College, High School, NPB

Central League Fan Meeting 2016

The Central League's fourth fan meeting will take place on March 14, 2016 at Pacifico Yokohama Hall C/D in Yokohama, from 11:00 until 17:00.

Additional information will be posted in late January.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB Student Baseball Coaching License programs took place in Osaka and Tokyo on November 28 and 29, respectively. Seventy-seven former NPB players and forty former Independent League players attended the training course in Osaka. Eighty-five former NPB players and thirty-two former Independent League players attended the training course in Tokyo.

Among the attendees:

Osaka Tokyo
Taira Sumitomo Takao Ise
Kinji Shimatani Shoji Sadaoka
Masahiro Kuroda Sadaaki Yoshimura
Sumio Hirota Takashi Ide
Kazuyuki Yamamoto Hitoshi Taneda
Takashi Yamaguchi Tetsuro Kawajiri
Hiromasa Arai Masahito Kohiyama
Ryuzo Yamasaki Osamu Hoshino
Yasuo Yoshida Susumu Otomo
Hiroshi Yagi Tadahiro Ogino
Koichi Oshima Ryo Sakakibara
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi  
Hideo Koike  
Terunobu Seto  
Norihiro Nakamura  
Keiji Uezono  

The Student Baseball portion of the Coaching License program will take place in Tokyo (December 12 and 13) and Osaka (December 19 and 20) later this month.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015Daily Sports 11/29/2015

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The Game Operation Committee met in Tokyo for the last time this year on December 1. The NPB is planning to keep the committee together next year for more deliberations on how to improve game times. This year, nine inning games averaged three hours and thirteen minutes, four minutes less than last year. The NPB will hand out a booklets on game-shortening measures to all twelve NPB teams before the start of spring camp next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2015, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2015

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The NPB is planning to remove the draft logo from losing ballot cards next year due to recent mix-ups. All ballot cards have the draft logo stamped on the left side of a folded card. Winning ballots have the phrase "koshoken kakutei" (negotiating rights confirmed) stamped on the right side. Losing ballots have nothing stamped on the right side. Ballot cards with only the draft logo on the left side were mistaken as the winning card at least twice in draft history.

Source: Sanspo 12/4/2015

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The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met on December 3. The following were among issues discussed during the meeting:

  • Motohiro Shima was officially named JPBPA union chairman for the fourth straight year.
  • Yohei Oshima was officially named JPBPA chairman.
  • Acting secretary general Tadahito Mori was named secretary general.
  • Players should be free to exercise their FA option without having to worry about their own teams not accepting their decision. The JPBPA is planning to ask the NPB to address the situation.
  • The JPBPA is planning to visit Ichi-gun and Ni-gun teams during spring camp next season to hold gambling awareness meetings/lectures.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2015, Sponichi 12/4/2015, ZakZak 12/5/2015, Tokyo Sports 12/4/2015, Daily Sports 12/4/2015, Sanspo 12/4/2015