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[3/19/2015] Mizuno’s SwingTracer

by on Mar.20, 2015 @ 3:15 am, under NPB
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Mizuno unveiled the SwingTracer on March 16. Use of the system requires a sensor unit that attaches to the knob of a bat that records various information, including swing speed and swing angle. The data can be viewed through a smartphone application (Android only, only available in Japan).

There is an upfront cost for the attachment and sensor unit and a monthly fee that covers server costs.

  • Silicone Attachment - 1,944 yen
  • Sensor - 32,184 yen
  • Monthly fee:
    • Player - 1,058 yen per 31 days
    • Coach - 3,218 yen per 31 days

The attachment and sensor unit will become available on May 9. Mizuno is hoping to sell 1,200 sensors and open 3,500 accounts during the first year.

Source: official site, press release

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[8/22/2013] Mizuno planning to release a number of items to commemorate Ichiro’s 4,000 hits

by on Aug.23, 2013 @ 1:17 am, under MLB, NPB
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Mizuno announced on Thursday that they are releasing merchandise to commemorate Ichiro Suzuki's 4,000 NPB + MLB hits.  Items include: a children's bat case, t-shirts, towels, sweat bands, and bats.  All items can be pre-ordered from the Mizuno shop.

Source: official announcement (image taken from Mizuno site)

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Mizuno releases commemorative Hideki Matsui merchandise

by on Apr.26, 2013 @ 9:22 pm, under NPB
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Mizuno announced today that they will release commemorative Hideki Matsui merchandise.  The following three items are now available for pre-order:

Premium Replica Set - 262,500 yen [link]
Set includes a glove (2012 model), a pair of cleats (2012 model), bat (2009 model), display case, autographed plate

Replica Bat Set - 210,000 yen [link]
Three bats: 1993 model (Aodamo, Japanese Ash), 2002 model (Aodamo, Japanese Ash), 2009 model (Maple), display case

Commemorative Retirement T-shirt - 3,000 yen [link]
Three size: M, L, O

Mizuno will accept pre-orders through to May 24.  Items will be shipped out later this year (Premium Set in late October, Bat Set in late September, T-Shirts in late June).

Source: press release

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Mizuno to supply Samurai Japan uniforms

by on Oct.10, 2012 @ 9:27 pm, under WBC
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The NPB and Mizuno announced today that they signed a Diamond Team Partner contract that runs through to March 31, 2016.  Under the agreement, Mizuno will be responsible for creating Samurai Japan uniforms.  They will also be the official and exclusive supplier of Samurai Japan merchandise.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2012, official announcement (contract), official announcement (uniforms)

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Mizuno to remove company name from RunBird logo

by on Jun.14, 2012 @ 11:27 pm, under Other
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Mizuno announced today that they will be removing "Mizuno" from the RunBird logo from all their baseball equipment, beginning in September.  The Mizuno RunBird logo will continue to appear on their baseball clothing.

Additional Information

Changes will be made to domestic pro equipment beginning on July 20, 2012

Changes will be made to the domestic product line in September 2012

Changes will be made to international pro equipment beginning in February 2013

Baseball equipment covers gloves, cleats, catcher's gear, batting gloves, fielding gloves, and bags.  Bats have already been using the RunBird only logo.  Uniforms will keep the Mizuno Runbird logo.

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Mizuno’s 2012 brand ambassadors, 2012 youth baseball products

by on Dec.09, 2011 @ 9:02 pm, under NPB
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Mizuno held their Brand Ambassador Meetings at a hotel in Osaka earlier today (where their clients have a chance to confirm/change the products they will be using next year).

A list of 2012 Brand Ambassadors (originally named Mizuno Advisory Pro Staff) can be found at the official Mizuno website.

Brand Ambassadors provide Mizuno with four things:

  1. They will use Mizuno products
  2. They will provide advice in new Mizuno products
  3. Their images can be used in advertising Mizuno products domestically
  4. Mizuno will be able to sell individual player "pro model" products domestically

Mizuno also revealed a 2012 youth baseball product line that six pro yakyu players helped design.

  • Bats (three types, two variations each): Takeshi Yamasaki (CHU), Takahiro Arai (HAN), Seiichi Uchikawa (SOF)
  • Glove: Akihiro Higashide (HIR)
  • Cleats: Tetsuya Matsumoto (YOM)
  • Training wear: Yoshinori Sato (YAK)
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Commissioner Kato hoping new baseball becomes internationally accepted

by on Sep.01, 2010 @ 1:17 pm, under NPB
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Commissioner Ryozo Kato told reporters yesterday that he hoped the new Mizuno baseball the NPB will be using next season, will ultimately be approved by the IBAF and used in international competitions like the WBC.

Mizuno already has a baseball that has been approved by the IBAF (the Mizuno 150) and is currently in talks to replace that ball with the new NPB baseball.

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Some more info on the new Mizuno balls

by on Aug.24, 2010 @ 1:31 pm, under NPB
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A few more facts about the new Mizuno ball that will be used next season:

Mizuno will be under contract for two seasons, beginning next year.

The new balls coefficient of restitution has been changed from 0.417 to 0.4134 by changing the amount of rubber used to surround the cork core.

A ball traveling at 144km/h hit by a bat swung at 126km/h at 27 degrees now travels about 109.4 meters instead of the current ball's 110.4 meters.

The stitching (spacing has been expanded an extra 1mm and the height of the stitching has been lower 0.2mm) and leather material have been modified to mimic the MLB baseball a little more.

Each ball will cost between 850 to 1100 yen.

Production will move from Mie, Japan to China (Xiamen and Shanghai).

It seems the new ball will also sport Ryozo Kato's signature (in kanji), a la Bud Selig's signature on MLB baseballs.

The NPB would ultimately like to see the ball being used at international competitions.

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The move to one standard baseball and some other notes

by on Jul.06, 2010 @ 5:06 pm, under NPB
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As mentioned yesterday, the NPB held an executive committee meeting yesterday.  In addition to what was reported yesterday:

The committee received their first sample ball from Mizuno.  The ball was put together based on opinions submitted by the 12 NPB clubs in June.  Samples of the ball will now be sent to each of the clubs for testing and additional feedback.  The NPB is hoping that Mizuno can begin production of the ball in August.  The NPB is trying to work towards a ball that doesn't carry as much.

The NPB will begin setting up informational seminars on pensions problems for retired players.

The 12 NPB clubs will go over (at length) the JPBPA's FA proposal during their meeting today.

While the Central League will likely begin their season on the 25th, the Pacific League could begin their season on the 19th.  The entire season will once again be 144 games long (including the 24 Inter-league games).

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NPB to begin using only Mizuno manufactured balls next season?

by on Jun.14, 2010 @ 8:54 pm, under NPB
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The NPB held an executive committee meeting today and discussed a number of issues, including the move towards using one standard baseball made by on manufacturer.  After considering a number of factors (that included things like production capacity and licensing fees), the committee decided to select Mizuno as their official manufacturer.  It should also be noted that Mizuno is willing to pay the NPB 20M yen in licensing fees.

In addition to having one standard baseball made by one company, NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato also requested that baseballs be made with less "juice."

Incidentally, this is still a tentative decision.  Nothing official yet.

NPB Commissioner Advisor Katsuhiko Kumazaki also issued a reminder to all 12 NPB clubs of the importance of being vigilant about the involvement of gangs at baseball-related functions.  Seems the spate of headlines involving gangs and sumo wrestling has got the NPB a little concerned.

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The executive committee also approved of the Player's Association's request to give all Pacific League pitchers that pitched between opening day and 4/2, two weeks worth of service time on their FA requirements (in other words, to start counting their service time from 3/20).  The reason for this is due to the somewhat unbalanced schedule during the first two weeks of the PL season.

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