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[3/9/2015] JABA, JUBF special rules to speed up games

by on Mar.10, 2015 @ 4:58 am, under College, High School, Industrial, NPB

Japan Amateur Baseball Association and the All Japan University Baseball Federation introduced special rules on February 3 to help speed up Industrial League and University League baseball games this year.

  1. Pitchers will be allowed to throw up to five practice pitches.
  2. The pitcher will have up to twelve seconds with no runners and up to twenty seconds with runners to throw the ball after the catcher or other infielder gets the ball from the umpire. If there is no runner on base, the batter will be given a ball. If there are runners, the batter will be given a ball after three failed attempts. The twenty second clock will reset on pick-off throws.
  3. Managers and coaches will have to follow rule 8.06 when visiting pitchers on the mound.
  4. Managers and coaches will be allowed to make three mound visits during one nine inning game. A visit will not be counted as a mound visit when pitchers are changed. Pitchers will automatically be removed from games after three mound visits. Rule 8.06 will be used during extra innings.
  5. If a pitching change is made in the middle of the inning and the manager or coach stays while the new pitcher begins warm-ups, the stay will be counted as one mound visit. The same will apply when pitchers are changed before the start of an inning. Visits will be counted as mound visits during pitching changes if the manager or coach stays when the new pitcher begins warm-ups.
  6. The manager or coach will have to announce a pitching change to the umpire before their fourth mound visit or second mound visit in one inning.
  7. During double-switches, the manager must announce batting order changes to the umpire before they cross the foul line. Double-switches will not be allowed once the manager or coach crosses the foul line.
  8. Mound visits by managers or coaches will be limited to forty-five seconds.
  9. Infielders, including catchers, will be allowed to one mound visit per inning. One infielder will be allowed to visit the mound when the manager or coach visits the mound. This will count as one mound visit by an infielder. The catcher will be allowed to visit the mound after a new pitcher finished throwing warm-ups. This will not be counted as a mound visit by an infielder.
  10. Managers will be allowed to call time and speak to batters, base runners, or coaches up to three times during the game. Managers will be allowed to call time to speak to batters, base runners, or coaches up to one time for every three innings in extra innings. Managers will be allowed to talk to batters, base runners, or coaches during other moments when time is called (for example: opponent manager or coach is visiting the mound, injury on the field, player substitutions) without any penalty, provided they do not delay the game.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB announced a number of rule updates on January 27. Among them:

  • Rule 6.10b - Pitchers can replace designated hitters as a hitter or runner, but that will terminate the designated hitter role for the remainder of the game. A pitcher in the game can become a hitter or runner for the designated hitter.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 1/8/2015

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Umpire licenses will be introduced at the amateur baseball level. There will be four classes: S, 1, 2, 3. Class 1 licenses will be required for high school Koshien Tournaments and various other national tournaments.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2015

[12/27/2014] JABA, NPB News and Notes

by on Dec.28, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under Independent, Industrial, NPB
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The NPB announced that they signed Takuya Mizuguchi (20) to an Ikusei Umpire contract. Mizuguchi completed the NPB Umpire School last year and was assigned to the Shikoku Island League this year, where he won the Top Umpire Award.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2014

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Former Independent League players will no longer count against the Japan Amateur Baseball Association's (JABA) three former professional players per team cap. Under previous rules, former Independent League players were included in the count. Additionally, one-year restriction periods will be dropped for former Independent League players from either the BC League or Shikoku Island League.

Source: official document, Island League announcementSponichi 12/11/2014

[12/16/2014] 2015 Industrial League Tournaments

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 5:04 pm, under Industrial
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Major Tournaments

# Name Period Venue Teams
86 都市対抗 Intercity Tournament 07/18, 12 days Tokyo Dome 32 (34)
40 全日本クラブ野球選手権 All Japan Club Team Tournament 09/04, 4 days Seibu Prince 16 (16)
41 社会人野球日本選手権 Industrial League Championships 10/26-11/9, 11 days* Kyocera Dome 32 (34)

* dates to be finalized after discussion with Orix

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[12/4/2014] Industrial League 2014 Best Nine

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 10:41 pm, under Industrial
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2014 Industrial League Best Nine

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Times
P 佐竹 功年 Satake, Katsutochi Toyota Jidosha 31 1st
C 戸柱 恭孝 Tobashira, Yasutaka NTT Nishi Nippon 24 1st
1B 金丸 恭平 Kanemaru, Kyohei Seino Unyu 29 1st
2B 小川 信 Ogawa, Shin Fuji Jukogyo 31 1st
3B 伊藤 匠 Ito, Takumi Seino Unyu 23 1st
SS 倉本 寿彦 Kuramoto, Toshihiko Nippon Shinyaku 23 1st
OF 友永 翔太 Tomonaga, Shota Nippon Tsuun 23 1st
OF 土井 翔平 Doi, Shohei Osaka Gas 23 1st
OF 小島 宏輝 Kojima, Hiroki Toyota Jidosha 27 1st
DH 阪本 一成 Sakamoto, Kazunari Seino Unyu 38 1st

2014 Industrial League Titles

Title Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Description
Top Hitter 橋本 駿介 Hashimoto, Shunsuke JFE Nishi Nihon 24 .442 (12 G, 19-for-43)
Most RBI 松本 晃 Matsumoto, Akira JR Higashi Nihon 29 18 RBI (19 G)
Most Home Runs None (requires six or more home runs to qualify)
Most Victories 佐竹 功年 Satake, Katsutochi Toyota Jidosha 31 7 W (10 G)
Best ERA 佐竹 功年 Satake, Katsutochi Toyota Jidosha 31 0.64 ERA (10 G, 70.1 IP, 9 R, 5 ER)

[11/11/2014] 40th Industrial League Championship: Day 11 (Finals)

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 9:59 pm, under Industrial
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Game 1 @ 18:06 (2:19)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toyota Jidosha 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 5 8 2
Sega Sammy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

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Awards

  • MVP: Katsutoshi Satake (Toyota Jidosha)
  • Fighting Spirit: Tetsu Yokota (Sega Sammy)
  • Leading Hitter: Tomonaga Iwashita (Nihon Seimei) - 8-for-15 with three RBI
  • Hitting: Kotaro Takino (Toyota Jidosha)

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[11/10/2014] 40th Industrial League Championship: Day 10 (Semifinals)

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 10:31 pm, under Industrial
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Game 1 @ 13:59 (2:26)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panasonic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 8 1
Toyota Jidosha 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 10 1

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Game 2 @ 18:00 (2:20)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sega Sammy 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 0
Nihon Seimei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

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[11/9/2014] 40th Industrial League Championship: Day 9 (Quarterfinals)

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 10:28 pm, under Industrial
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Game 1 @ 9:00 (3:07)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
JR Higashi Nihon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1
Toyota Jidosha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 10 0

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Game 2 @ 12:43 (2:39)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NTT Nishi Nippon 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 5 8 0
Panasonic 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 × 6 8 2

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Game 3 @ 15:59 (2:30)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sega Sammy 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 6 1
Osaka Gas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 11 1

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Game 4 @ 19:05 (2:32)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seino Unyu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Nihon Seimei 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 × 7 13 0

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[11/8/2014] 40th Industrial League Championship: Day 8

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under Industrial
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Game 1 @ 9:03 (2:13)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NTT Higashi Nihon 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Sega Sammy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 × 3 9 1

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Game 2 @ 12:03 (3:27)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Meiji Yasuda Seimei 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 11 1
Osaka Gas 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 × 11 14 1

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Game 3 @ 16:04 (2:24)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Tsuun 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Seino Unyu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0

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Game 4 @ 19:05 (2:45)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nihon Seimei 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 11 0
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1

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[11/7/2014] 40th Industrial League Championship: Day 7

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 10:52 pm, under Industrial
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Game 1 @ 11:00 (2:50)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JFE Higashi Nihon 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Toyota Jidosha 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 × 6 15 0

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Game 2 @ 14:30 (2:46)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JFE Nishi Nihon 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 13 0
Panasonic 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 × 3 9 1

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Game 3 @ 18:00 (3:00)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Honda 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
NTT Nishi Nippon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0

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[11/6/2014] 40th Industrial League Championship: Day 6

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 10:50 pm, under Industrial
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Game 1 @ 11:00 (2:09)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seino Unyu 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 11 0
Ibaraki Golden Golds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

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Game 2 @ 14:30 (2:31)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
Nichidai 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0

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Game 3 @ 17:58 (2:27)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JR Higashi Nihon 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Yamaha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

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