Sorry for the sudden backlog in news updates... Better late than never.
The NPB, Baseball Federation of Japan, and the Japan Softball Association created a promotional video for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The video will be aired during the Spring Koshien and during NPB games. Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nagashima, Hideki Matsui are among some of the people in the video. There are three versions of the video at vary lengths (fifteen, thirty, and sixty seconds).
Source: Sponichi 2/20/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015, Sponichi 3/5/2015
Other Olympics and baseball notes:
- If baseball makes it back to the Olympics, the top Samurai Japan team could be selected to compete. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014 ... Senichi Hoshino feels if professional players have the WBC, amateur players should have the Olypmics. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
- Preliminary round games could be played at rural stadiums in Niigata and Shizuoka with the finals game at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014 ... Multiple venues would keep the schedule to five or six day until the finals round. Softball could share venues with baseball. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014 ... Eight teams could compete. Two venues would be used -- Tokyo Dome and Jingu Stadium. Stadium advertisements could become a problem. Rural stadiums are also an option. In addition to Niigata and Shizuoka, a stadium in the Tohoku region could help revitalize the region. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014
- Japan Amateur Baseball Association vice president Yoshinobu Suzuki feels it might be good to implement seven-inning rules to some of their tournaments as way to prepare for the possibility of baseball returning to the 2020 Olympics under new rules. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/11/2014, Sponichi 12/11/2014
Samurai Japan is planning to schedule a practice game at Jingu Stadium between the university and top teams on June 29 as a way for the university team to prepare for the 2015 Universiade. The top team will most likely be made up of younger players since the NPB will be in the middle of a season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2015
The Tokyo High School Baseball Federation decided to implement tie-breaker rules beginning in the 10th inning during this year's Spring Tokyo Tournament. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015
The Osaka High School Baseball Federation will be adding the tie-breaker rules beginning in the 13th inning during this year's Spring Kinki Tournament Osaka Qualifier. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015