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[1/27/2016] Backlogged NPB and Samurai Japan News

by on Jan.28, 2016 @ 12:57 am, under NPB, Samurai Japan

Samurai Japan:

  • Tsubakuro and Doala will make appearances as Sanurai Japan mascots when the top team plays an exhibition game against Chinese Taipei on March 5 at Nagoya Dome. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2016
  • Top team manager Hiroki Kukubo will be visiting spring camp locations to check on candidates for the Chinese Taipei two-game series in March. He will begin his visit with Softbank and Orix in Miyazaki on February 1. His last stop will be Lotte in Okinawa on February 8. The roster for the Chinese Taipei games will be unveiled before the end of February. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2016, Sanspo 1/26/2016


  • An informal gathering of owners took place at a hotel in Tokyo on January 25. Owners from ten teams, Lotte and Softbank were not present, attended the meeting with NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki. Discussions focused on ways to increase interest in baseball and included issues like the need to make the game more accessible to a younger audience and the importance of the Asia market. There were also discussions on the length of games. The commissioner is hoping to continue holding informal owner gatherings once a year. Source: Sponichi 1/26/2016, Daily Sports 1/26/2016
  • About eighty people attended the NPB Umpire School in December. Six were selected for further tests and will attend Miyazaki spring camp. Students that pass the tests will become umpires in training and will be assigned to Independent Leagues for further training. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2016