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[10/25/2014] High School tie-breaker rules could be implemented in spring tournaments

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 4:46 am, under High School

The Japan High School Baseball Federation's Technical Committee met in Osaka on the 20th and discussed the introduction of tie-breaker rules next year -- for baseball: beginning with spring prefectural tournaments (tournaments leading up to and including the Koshien would not be affected by the rules until at least 2016); and for rubber baseball: beginning with spring regional and national tournaments.

Opinions will further be exchanged during a meeting on November 15. A draft will likely be presented during a board meeting on November 27 for a final decision. Discussions for rubber baseball will take place during a committee meeting on November 4.

Additionally, the Kyushu Region High School Baseball Federation held a board meeting on the 24th and discussed the tie-breaker rules. They are currently planning to approve the implementation of the rules, provided it be done on a trial basis and then judged to see if results were good or bad. They also want to further discuss the timing of the tie-breaker rules -- as it stands, the bases will be loaded with one out beginning in the 10th. Kyushu Federation officials feel players should be given a slightly larger window to compete in.

Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014, Daily Sports 10/21/2014, ZakZak 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[10/17/2014] Matsuyama Shogyo pulls out from first-year tournament

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:02 am, under High School

Matsuyama Shogyo High School announced on Thursday that second-year students on the school baseball team assaulted first-year teammates. The school has already suspended team activities and has filed a report with the Ehime High School Baseball Federation. They have also withdrawn from the first-year tournament that begins on Saturday.

According to school officials, in August/September, three second-year students on the high school baseball team assaulted five first-year teammates on a number of different occasions. The incidents were reportedly the cause of roughhousing or coaching going too far. The team director did not receive a complaint until earlier this month.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

[10/13/2014] High School baseball to consider tie-breaker rules

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under High School

The Japan High School Baseball Federation conducted a survey on player health with its 4,030 member schools. The response rate was 98.0% (3,951). Regarding tie-breaker rules, 49.7% (1,964 schools) were in support of implementing them. The federation will consider testing the rules in stages during tournaments that are not directly connected to the Spring and Summer Koshien. A proposal will be drawn up during a meeting on October 20 and submitted for discussion during a board meeting on November 27.


What can be done to help keep players healthy?
Limits on pitch counts 474
Limits on innings 423
Tie-Breaker rules 1,964
Other (includes no change) 1,090
If tie-breaker rules are implemented, which inning should they start?
After the 9th, beginning in the 10th 508
After the 12th, beginning in the 13th 2,079
After the 14th, beginning in the 15th 194
After the 15th, beginning in the 16th 1,011

Hard Baseball: 4,030 surveys, 3,951 responses
Rubber Baseball: 460 surveys, 444 responses


Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014Sponichi 9/30/2014, MSN News 9/29/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/30/2014

[10/12/2014] Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima) not thinking about Majors, season of regrets

by on Oct.13, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under High School, NPB
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When reporters asked Kenta Maeda about the possibility of posting to the majors this off-season earlier today, he replied, "I'm not really thinking about that right now." He also said, "I have only had a few satisfying seasons, I have more regrets this year."

Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014

My thoughts...

This does not necessarily mean Maeda will not ask Hiroshima to post him during the off-season. This also does not mean Hiroshima will turn down a request, if made. However, had the Carp finished in second or advanced farther along in the postseason, the decision might have been a lot easier for both sides to make. The ideal scenario would have been along the lines of what happened with Masahiro Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles last year.

However, a case could also be made for posting Maeda. The Carp might be more inclined to post him to recoup the losses from not being able to host the First Stage of the Climax Series because of their third place finish. Not having to pay his salary would also alleviate some of the financial burden. And if Hiroshima gets their way during the upcoming draft (they have their eyes on Waseda University Kohei Arihara), they might be okay with letting go of their ace.

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 3:46pm]

According to reports by Nikkan Sports and Sports Hochi, there is a good chance Maeda will remain in Japan for at least another year because of his and the team's performance this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 4:10pm]

From Daily Sports:

"The right belongs to us," said owner Hajime Matsuda. "I would like to let him go, but it might be difficult with this year's performance."

Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014


High school prospect Tomohiro Anraku told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to learn more about baseball by playing professionally in Japan before taking on the challenge of playing in the Majors at some point in the future.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[10/11/2014] PL Gakuen not planning to accept new members for baseball team

by on Oct.11, 2014 @ 8:45 am, under High School

According to a report by Sanspo, PL Gakuen is not planning to accept new members for their baseball team for the next school year. School officials have declined comment. People close to the situation say that the school has contacted parents/guardians of prospective students to inform them that they were not accepting new members for their baseball team because of their failure to properly coach players despite all their efforts to find a capable manager.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2014, Sanspo 10/11/2014

Japan Student Baseball Association hands down sentences [10/10/2014]

by on Oct.10, 2014 @ 7:34 pm, under High School

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Friday to determine punishments for the following cases:

Game Suspensions

Kyushu Sangyo Daigaku Fuzoku Kyushu Sangyo (Fukuoka)
violence and bullying
six months beginning on August 29
Nichinan Gakuen (Miyazaki)

violence and bullying
six months beginning on September 12
Yame Kogyo (Fukuoka)
six months beginning on September 1
Waseda Setsuryo (Osaka)

three months beginning on September 17
Shonan Koka Daigaku Fuzoku (Kanagawa)

three months beginning on September 17
Matsudo Mutsumi (Chiba)
six months beginning on September 19


Higashi Chikushi Gakuen (Fukuoka) manager and director
coaching while suspended, false report
manager - two years beginning on August 28; director - one year beginning on August 28
Osaka Shogyo Daigaku (Osaka) manager
six months beginning on August 25
Hitarinko (Oita) manager

three months beginning on September 30
Mitoyo Kogyo (Kagawa) manager

six months beginning on August 28
Mitoyo Kogyo (Kagawa) director
delayed report
three months beginning on September 1
Kyushu Sangyo Daigaku Fuzoku Kyushu Sangyo (Fukuoka) manager

delayed report
six months beginning on August 29
Hakata (Fukuoka) director and manager

delayed report
director and manager - two years beginning on October 2
Yanagi Gakuen (Hyogo) director
violence and delayed report
three months beginning on October 1
Shinko Gakuen (rubber baseball, Hyogo) manager
violence, violent language
one year beginning on October 1


Source: Jiji Press 10/10/2014

[10/8/2014] Hitarinko High School manager suspended for hitting student

by on Oct.09, 2014 @ 6:51 am, under High School

The media learned on Tuesday that the manager for the Hitarinko High School baseball team was suspended after striking one of his players in the face.

According to the high school, after practices on September 29, the manager hit and kicked a first-year player (four to five times with his hands and once with his foot). The player did not suffer any injuries. The learned about the incident through an anonymous phone call placed on the following day. School officials suspended the manager on the same day after confirming what happened and prohibited him from interacting with students and players. They also filed a report with the Oita High School Baseball Federation.

The manager was quoted as saying, "I have been advising [players] with words, but I saw no improvement in day-to-day attitude and I felt I had to do something. I apologize for taking such actions."

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2014, Oita Godo Shimbun 10/7/2014

[9/18/2014] Nichinan Gakuen High School withdraws from tournament

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 12:45 am, under High School

Nichinan Gakuen High School withdrew from the Kyushu Miyazaki Tournament because of violent behavior.

According to school officials, on August 5, a second-year player pushed a first-year player in the baseball dorm baths. The first-year player fell and hit his head against a walk and needed four stitches to close a cut above the right eyebrow. The second-year player reportedly lost his cool when the first-year player splashed water on him. The manager and third-year players were not present at the time because they were attending the Summer Koshien. The incident was originally reported to the coach on duty as an accident that took place during a voluntary practice session.

There were three other cases of upper class students assaulting lower class students between August and September.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2014, Asahi Shimbun 9/18/2014, Mainichi Shimbun 9/18/2014

[9/10/2014] 2015 Spring Koshien to begin on March 21

by on Sep.10, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien

The Steering Committee for the 87th Spring Koshien met in Osaka on Wednesday. Among issues discussed:

  • The tournament next year will take place over twelve days beginning on March 21 (includes day off after semi-finals)
  • Thirty-two teams will be competing: twenty-eight regular, four twenty-first century, one Jingu Tournament
  • The venue will be Koshien Stadium
  • The selection committee will select school on January 23
  • Brackets will be decided on March 13
  • School and bracket selections will be held at the Mainichi Shimbun Osaka office

Source: Sanspo 9/10/2014