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NPB: Rule change at Nagoya Dome and Tokyo Dome

by on Feb.23, 2012 @ 2:15 am, under NPB
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The NPB announced a rule change for Nagoya Dome and Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.

Up until last year, if a baseball hit the ceiling, regardless of where it hit the ceiling, it was still considered in play.  Umpires then judged if a ball was fair or foul once it hit the ground, or touched a fielder.  Beginning this year, balls will only be considered in play if they hit the ceiling over the actually playing field.

The rules will go into effect beginning with the exhibition games.

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Chunichi Dragons: Nagoya Dome ceiling panel damaged

by on Aug.31, 2011 @ 12:40 am, under NPB
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One of the ceiling panels at Nagoya Dome was found damaged before Tuesday's game between the Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons.  Stadium officials checked on the panel to see if there was a possibility it might fall (the panel is located about the infield area) and deemed it secure enough for a game.

A special rule was also added before the start of the game: any baseballs that got stuck on or around the panel would be considered a double.

The Dragons expect the panel to be fixed in time for tomorrow's game.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 111 [June 30, 2011]

by on Jun.30, 2011 @ 10:31 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Chunichi announced today that they'll try to cut back a little more on energy use at Nagoya Dome, beginning on 7/5 (vs Hanshin).  Amongst some of the things they'll be doing: opening up the shutters in the roof during visiting team practices (the Dragons have been doing this for their practices since earlier this month); and attempting to shutout the warm air from the outside by adding cloth screens to four entry gates.

Hiroshima Carp

Beginning on 7/1, the Carp plan on conserving energy by taking on a more flexible approach to their lighting system during night games; using fewer lights during night games; and  adjusting thermostats for air-conditioning units used by various staff and personnel.

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced today that they'll try to reduce energy consumption by about 5% during weekday night games at Yahoo Dome between 7/1 and 8/31.  They try to do this by using fewer ceiling lights (from 90 to 54), turning off some of the air conditioning systems (from 14 to 10), and turning off some of the lights in seat areas.  According to an unnamed club source, the team has already tested the configuration during practices at Yahoo Dome on 6/22 and 6/24.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes announced today that beginning on 7/1, they'll use power generators at Kyocera Dome in order to cut back on energy use by about 10%.  They will also stop lighting Kyocera Dome up (outdoor lights).

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced that they'll be taking the following measures to cut back on energy use at Kleenex Stadium between 7/1 and 9/9:

- Turn off unnecessary lighting (60%)
- Dim the big screen in the outfield to 40% brightness
- Set thermostats to 28 degrees Celsius
- Turn off all air-conditioning systems in the stadium offices between 6pm and 8pm.

Doing all this should allow the Eagles to decrease energy consumption by around 15%.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 76 [May 26, 2011]

by on May.26, 2011 @ 11:12 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced that they will attempt to cut back on their electricity usage at Nagoya Dome by about 7% (or around 560kW), beginning in June.  Measures include opening the shutters in the ceiling during BP, using the air conditioning system more efficiently (like setting the thermostat at 28 degrees Celsius and no lower than that), and turning off some of the lights in the concourse areas.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 75 [May 25, 2011]

by on May.25, 2011 @ 2:35 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons tested lighting conditions during practices at Nagoya Dome yesterday (they tried opening a portion of the shutters in the roof).  With the Hamaoka nuclear reactors coming offline, the Dragons are working on their energy conservation plans at the dome.

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai, Takashi Toritani, and 5 Ni-gun players (Masashi Nohara, Issei Morita, Masanori Fujihara, Ryunosuke Yokoyama, and Daiki Kiyohara) helped collect donations before tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Yomiuri Giants

Ni-gun INF / base-running coach Hiroshi Moriwaki donated 1M yen to relief efforts in northern Japan.

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Hayato Sakamoto helped design the Red Cross Charity Tote Bag.  Before today's game, he helped sell the bags by personally handing them to the first 150 customers.  Proceeds from the sales of the bag will be donated to relief efforts in northern Japan.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles raised about 3.4M yen through their charity uniform auctions.  A total 10 game uniforms from 4/29 were auctioned off; Masahiro Tanaka's uniform went 803,000 yen.  The total amount will be donated to relief efforts in northern Japan.

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