[9/20/2016] Changes to the Best Nine selection rules

The Tokyo Pro Yakyu Press Club held an executive committee meeting on September 20 and made changes to the Best Nine selection rules. The changes will open the door to the possibility of a player like Shohei Otani winning Best Nine as both a pitcher and designated hitter.

Best Nine selection rule changes:

  • Best Nine
    • [Old Rule] Best Nine ballots will become invalid: if one player appears in two positions, if one position is left blank, if a player is selected out of position (no games played at the position this year), or if “no one” appears in a position.
    • [New Rule] Best Nine ballots will become invalid: if one player appears in two non-pitcher positions, if one position is left blank, if a player is selected out of position (no games played at the position this year), or if “no one” appears in a position. A player can be selected in a pitcher and a non-pitcher position.
  • Best Nine Designated Hitter
    • [Old Rule] For Best Nine Designated Hitter, please select a player not selected in the Best Nine. If a player is selected in the Best Nine and Best Nine DH, if DH is left blank, if a player without any time at DH this season is selected, then the Best Nine and Best Nine DH ballots will become invalid. One player can not be selected to both Best Nine and Best Nine DH.
    • [New Rule] For Best Nine Designated Hitter, please select a player not in the Best Nine at a non-pitcher position. If a player is selected to a Best Nine non-pitcher position and Best Nine DH, if DH is left blank, if a player without any time at DH this season is selected, then the Best Nine and Best Nine DH ballots will become invalid. Pitcher and Best Nine DH will be accepted. One player can be selected as a Best Nine and Best Nine DH.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2019, Daily Sports 9/20/2016, Sponichi 9/20/2016

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