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[12/14/2015] 2016 Fresh All-Star Game to take place on July 24, and other news

by on Dec.14, 2015 @ 11:22 pm, under College, High School, International, NPB
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The NPB announced that the 2016 Fresh All-Star Game will take place at Muscat Stadium in Kurashiki, Okayama on July 24, 2016. The 2015 Fresh All-Star Game was scheduled to take place at Muscat Stadium this year, but it was canceled due to bad worth caused by a typhoon.

The 2015 Premier 12 is expected to finish in the black by about 120 million yen.

The NPB decided on a number of preventative measures to educate players about damaging activities. Workshops will be held at all spring camp locations in February; teams will educate players and staff on damaging activities using posters and pamphlets; and the NPB commissioner will announce that transfer of money between players dealing with baseball and gambling with large amounts of money will not be allowed. A committee made up of disciplinary representatives from each of the twelve NPB teams will also be established to discuss and exchange opinions.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2015, Daily Sports 12/14/2015, Sponichi 12/14/2015

[UPDATE 12/17 @ 1:29am]

Recap of preventative measures:

  1. workshops for all players during Ni-gun spring camp
  2. educational tools to help educate players -- informative posters and pamphlets about damaging activities
  3. commissioner's statement that money exchanges connected to baseball between players and gambling with large amounts of money is prohibited.
  4. all teams must be involved.
  5. information and opinions can be exchanged and shared through a committee

Source: Sponichi 12/15/2015, Daily Sports 12/15/2015

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The Student Baseball Coaching License progam took place at Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo over the weekend (December 12, 13). The two-day program was attended by 119 former professional players. Another session will be held in Osaka next weekend (December 19, 20).

Among the attendees:

Takao Ise
Shoji Sadaoka
Sadaaki Yoshimura
Ryuzo Yamasaki
Tadashi Matsumoto
Hiromi Matsunaga
Takashi Ide
Hiroshi Yagi
Tetsuro Kawajiri
Masahito Kohiyama
Susumu Otomo
Tadahiro Ogino
Seisuke Toyoda
Hiroaki Matsuura

Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2015, Daily Sports 12/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2015, Sanspo 12/14/2015

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[12/7/2015] Backlogged NPB News and Notes

by on Dec.08, 2015 @ 12:24 am, under College, High School, NPB
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Central League Fan Meeting 2016

The Central League's fourth fan meeting will take place on March 14, 2016 at Pacifico Yokohama Hall C/D in Yokohama, from 11:00 until 17:00.

Additional information will be posted in late January.

Source: official announcement

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The NPB Student Baseball Coaching License programs took place in Osaka and Tokyo on November 28 and 29, respectively. Seventy-seven former NPB players and forty former Independent League players attended the training course in Osaka. Eighty-five former NPB players and thirty-two former Independent League players attended the training course in Tokyo.

Among the attendees:

Osaka Tokyo
Taira Sumitomo Takao Ise
Kinji Shimatani Shoji Sadaoka
Masahiro Kuroda Sadaaki Yoshimura
Sumio Hirota Takashi Ide
Kazuyuki Yamamoto Hitoshi Taneda
Takashi Yamaguchi Tetsuro Kawajiri
Hiromasa Arai Masahito Kohiyama
Ryuzo Yamasaki Osamu Hoshino
Yasuo Yoshida Susumu Otomo
Hiroshi Yagi Tadahiro Ogino
Koichi Oshima Ryo Sakakibara
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi  
Hideo Koike  
Terunobu Seto  
Norihiro Nakamura  
Keiji Uezono  

The Student Baseball portion of the Coaching License program will take place in Tokyo (December 12 and 13) and Osaka (December 19 and 20) later this month.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015, Sponichi 11/29/2015Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2015Daily Sports 11/29/2015

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The Game Operation Committee met in Tokyo for the last time this year on December 1. The NPB is planning to keep the committee together next year for more deliberations on how to improve game times. This year, nine inning games averaged three hours and thirteen minutes, four minutes less than last year. The NPB will hand out a booklets on game-shortening measures to all twelve NPB teams before the start of spring camp next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2015, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2015

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The NPB is planning to remove the draft logo from losing ballot cards next year due to recent mix-ups. All ballot cards have the draft logo stamped on the left side of a folded card. Winning ballots have the phrase "koshoken kakutei" (negotiating rights confirmed) stamped on the right side. Losing ballots have nothing stamped on the right side. Ballot cards with only the draft logo on the left side were mistaken as the winning card at least twice in draft history.

Source: Sanspo 12/4/2015

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The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met on December 3. The following were among issues discussed during the meeting:

  • Motohiro Shima was officially named JPBPA union chairman for the fourth straight year.
  • Yohei Oshima was officially named JPBPA chairman.
  • Acting secretary general Tadahito Mori was named secretary general.
  • Players should be free to exercise their FA option without having to worry about their own teams not accepting their decision. The JPBPA is planning to ask the NPB to address the situation.
  • The JPBPA is planning to visit Ichi-gun and Ni-gun teams during spring camp next season to hold gambling awareness meetings/lectures.

Source: Sponichi 12/4/2015, Sponichi 12/4/2015, ZakZak 12/5/2015, Tokyo Sports 12/4/2015, Daily Sports 12/4/2015, Sanspo 12/4/2015

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[9/2/2015] Backlogged News: injury replacement rules, and more

by on Sep.03, 2015 @ 4:29 am, under Independent, International, NPB
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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.

Source: Daily Sports 9/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2015, Sponichi 9/1/2015, Sponichi 8/31/2015

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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.

Source: WBSC Tweet, Sanspo 8/27/2015

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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.

Source: official announcement (IPBL), official announcement (IPBL), Sponichi 8/18/2015

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[2/1/2015] High School tie-breaker rules, coaching licenses

by on Feb.02, 2015 @ 3:50 am, under NPB
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High school tie-breaker rule proposal notes:

  • Innings will start with runners on first and second and no out.
  • Teams will be allowed to choose where in the order they start. For example: if a team decides to start with the fourth hitter at bat, then the runner on second will be the second hitter and the runner on first will be the third hitter.
  • The tie-breaker rules can be used beginning in the 10th inning or the 13th inning. Districts will be able to decide.
  • Districts will be able to decide whether to use the tie-breaker rules for their spring prefectural tournaments (not directly connected to the Koshien tournaments).
  • Tie-breaker rules will not be used during the finals round.
  • Some tournaments already use tie-breaker rules where innings begin with the bases loaded and one out. There will be a move to standardize the rule to the above.
  • Rubber baseball will most likely implement tie-breaker rules for the summer's 60th tournament this year. The rule could be used beginning in the 13th inning.

Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

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The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) posted 235 new names on their list of former players that earned licenses to coach student baseball through the new training program. There are now 694 former players on the list.

Source: official list

Former Shikoku Island League plus and Route Inn Baseball Challenge League players could also be candidates for the training program developed by the NPB and JSBA.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2015

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[12/27/2014] Updates: Toyota Otani, Ota Daiichi, Coaching License Workshops

by on Dec.28, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under High School
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Former Toyota Otani High School baseball manager Takashi Kawakami (34) is standing trial for acts of physical violence against a player on his team. The first trial took place on the 24th at the Okazaki Branch of the Nagoya District Court. Kawakami admitted to a portion of the charges, but pleaded not guilty because he felt it was unavoidable and because he felt he committed no crime.

The prosecution claimed Kawakami got upset and struck a player that was doubled over because he was feeling sick. Lawyers argued that the manager did what he did because he felt the player was being disobedient and because parents looked to him to be strict.

Source: Sponichi 12/24/2014

See also: [7/31/2014] Toyota Otani manager Takashi Kawakami arrested on suspicion of injuring a player

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Ota Daiichi High School (Ibaraki) officials are investigating claims that its manager might be going too far by punishing players by forcing them to sit with their legs folded underneath them for long periods of time. According to school officials, in early August, the manager had one second-year player sit with his legs folded underneath him for about forty minutes while grilling him about the cause of an error during a practice game.

A parent contacted the Board of Education and requested an investigation into improper coaching methods. A survey was handed out to first- and second-year players and a number indicated that they were hurt by words used by the manager.

The school has informed the manager not to attend practices for the time being. The Ibaraki High School Baseball Federation has been contacted. The school is planning to provide parents with an explanation on the 28th. The Board of Education will make a decision on the manager based on reports provided by the high school.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2014, Sponichi 12/26/2014

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The Japan Student Baseball Association held a coaching license workshop in Osaka last weekend (December 20, 21) at Kansai University. Norifumi Nishimura and Daijiro Oishi were among the 113 former players that attended the two-day workshop.

Players that pass the license evaluations on January 30, 2015 will be able to coach student baseball beginning on February 1.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2014, Sponichi 12/21/2014, Sponichi 12/22/2014

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[12/17/2014] Nakamura pulls out of Spring Koshien, 15U World Cup will take place in Fukushima

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 4:35 am, under High School, Spring Koshien
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced that they received and approved a request from Nakamura High School in Kochi Prefecture to withdraw as a Twenty-First Century candidate for the 2014 Spring Tournament. According to the Federation, a member of the team was caught harassing a student.

Nakamura was one of nine high schools that made it into the final round for the three available Twenty-First Century slots.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

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The Baseball Federation of Japan acknowledged that the Third 15U World Cup tournament will take place in Iwaki, Fukushima in August 2016. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2014, Jiji Press 12/12/2014

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Coaching license workshops for former players took place in Tokyo over the weekend (December 13, 14). Seven lectures (about seven hours) were held on Saturday, five (around six hours) on Sunday. Another session will be held in Osaka this weekend (December 20, 21).

A total 147 former players attended the workshop. Among them: Haruki Ihara, Daisuke Araki, Toshiro Yufune, Mac Suzuki, Takashi Ishii, Yasuhiko Yabuta, Yasuhiro Ichiba, Kenichi Yazawa, Kunio Jonouchi, Hisao Niura, Keiji Fukui, Mikinori Kato, Shigeki Noguchi, Taisei Takagi, Keiichi Lee, Isamu Kida, Hiroshi Shibahara, Ryosuke Sawai, Mitsuo Sumi, Michio Sato, Mitsuru Okuzono, Makoto Kito, Kaoru Nimura, Ken Hirano, Takehiro Ishii, Kenji Awaguchi, Kazumi Sonokawa, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Koji Otsuka, and Misao Takaura.

Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Sports Hochi 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014, Sponichi 12/14/2014, Sponichi 12/14/2014

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[11/29/2014] Hokusho High School baseball manager suspended

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:10 am, under College, High School
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Hokusho High School officials informed the media on Friday that their baseball manager, Takaya Kawakami (55), slapped two of his players (on the head and cheek) during practices in early September. The incident was reported to school officials in October. The high school issued Kawakami a three-month general suspension and a one-year coaching suspension. Coach Akifumi Takeuchi will step in as interim manager. A report has already been filed with the Japan High School Baseball Federation.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014, Sponichi 11/28/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014

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A workshop for former professional baseball players seeking licenses to coach student baseball took place in Osaka on Saturday. 125 former players, including Norihiro Akahoshi and Daijiro Oishi attended the workshop. Another workshop will be held in Tokyo today. Additional workshops are scheduled in December.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/30/2014

[UPDATE 12/1 @ 2:10am]

140 former players, including Daisuke Araki and Norifumi Nishimura, attended the Tokyo session on Sunday.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

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[3/6/2014] JSBA releases list of newest former players to earn coaching licenses

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 10:45 am, under College, High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) released an updated list of former players that have earned coach licenses through the new training program.  208 names were released during the first round on January 20.  225 additional names were released on Tuesday.  Of the 468 former players that took the training course, 433 applied for licenses.  Reviews for the remaining thirty-five former players will be scheduled when/if they submit applications.

Meio High School in Akita announced on Wednesday that Shigeru Yagi, among the group listed in January, will take over as manager on March 14.

Source: official list, Jiji Press 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:49am]

Hiroshi Toyama and Yasuhiro Hagiwara were accidentally left off the original list released by the JSBA on Tuesday.  The list was updated on Wednesday.  The total stands at 435.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2014

[UPDATE 4/9 @ 4:55pm]

Twenty JSBA added twenty more names to the list of former players that earned certificates through their training program.  There are now 455 names on the list.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

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[2/9/2014] Coaching License Program, Coach Training Seminar

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 6:10 am, under College, High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) held their fourth Coaching License Program over the weekend in Osaka.  Kimiyasu Kudo was among the 101 former players that attended the session.

2013 Coaching License Program:

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2014, Sports Hochi 2/9/2014

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The first day of the Pro Yakyu Coach Training Seminar took place in Tokyo on Saturday.   The seminar is a part of the NPB's Official Coaching Certification Program and is geared toward providing former players that have taken and passed the Coaching License Program with information about how to improve their skills as coaches.  Seventy-three former players are taking the three-day seminar in Tokyo.

First Pro Yakyu Coach Training Seminar

  • Tokyo Session - February 8-10
  • Osaka Session - February 21-23

Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014, official annoucement

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[1/31/2014] Samurai Japan, Coaching License Program

by on Feb.01, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under College, High School, Samurai Japan
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The 1st Samurai Japan Summit will take place in Okinawa on February 10.  Various officials with connections to Samurai Japan, including Hiroki Kokubo (Samurai Japan top team manager), Hirotami Kojima (Samurai Japan amateur team manager), and Yoshinobu Suzuki (Baseball Federation of Japan vice president), will attend the summit to discuss the 2014 schedule and a number of other issues, like methods to improve the national teams at all levels.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 1/31/2014

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The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) held their portion of the High School/University Coaching License Program on Friday.  A total 138 (Daily Sports) or 131 (Nikkan Sports) former professional players attended the course, including Don Nomura, Masato Yoshii, Soichi Fujita, Norihiro Komada, Katsumi Hirosawa, and Kazumi Takahashi.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2014

Sessions that have taken place so far:

[UPDATE 2/2 @ 3:06am]

The JSBA's fourth session will take place on the 7th and 8th in Osaka.  Former players that complete both the NPB and JSBA portions of the Coaching License Program will be able to apply for a license.  The application review committee is scheduled to meet on March 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014, Sponichi 2/1/2014

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