The Central League directors held a meeting on August 31 and discussed replacement rules when players are injured. Specifically, they referred to a Hiroshima - Yokohama game on August 29 when Hiroki Kuroda took a batted ball off his right hand and could not be replaced because he threw his warm-up pitches before the start of the 5th inning. According to the rule book, pitchers that cross the foul line cannot be replaced until they face their first batter. Chief umpire Masato Tomoyose confirmed that umpiring crews will be flexible with the rule in cases of obvious injury.
In addition, it was confirmed that umpiring crews have final say in whether pitchers get tossed for hitting a batter after both benches have been warned.
The CL also decided that they will continue with the pre-season Fan Meeting next year.
WBSC signed SSK to a six-year sponsorship deal that covers umpire uniforms for the Premier 12 and Baseball World Cups. The deal runs through to March 31, 2021.
Former Japan Association of Independent Professoinal Baseball League (IPBL) players can now earn licenses to coach student athletes through the training program that was set up by the NPB and the Japan Student Baseball Association in 2013.