Category: Amateur

[1/11/2018] Tie Break Rules for Spring and Summer Koshien

The steering committee for the 90th Spring Koshien (Senbatsu) met in Osaka on January 10 and selected Ima Arite for the opening march. Ima Arite is also currently the tournament song. The thirty-six participating high schools will be decided by the selection committee on January 26.

The following tie break rules will also be introduced, not just to the Spring Koshien, but also to the Summer Koshien and various spring, summer, and fall tournaments.

  • the tie break will be used beginning in the thirteenth inning. Innings will begin with runners on first and second and no out.
  • the batting order will resume where it ended in the previous inning.
  • if the game has to be canceled after the start of a tie break, the game will end in a tie and a rematch will be played on the following day (or at the earliest possible date).
  • if the game is still tied after the fifteenth inning, the game will continue, however, each pitcher will be limited to a total fifteen innings. Pitchers that reach fifteen innings will only be able to continue playing as a position player.
  • the tie break will not be used during the final game. If the game is still tied after fifteen innings, then the game will end and a rematch will be played the following day (or at the earliest possible date). The tie break will be used for the rematch game.

Additional rules:

  • the two runners on base at the start of tie break innings will not count as earned runs if they score. The two runners will not get credit for being on base. Stolen bases, caught stealing, runs, and left on base will count, as will other stats connected to the runners, like RBI and double plays.
  • there will be no complete games.
  • there will be no hitters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018

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[12/22/2017] Hiroshi Katayama joins Musashi Heat (BC League)

The Musashi Heat Bears announced on December 7 that they reached an agreement with former Rakuten Eagle Hiroshi Katayama. He will join the team as a player/coach.

Source: Musashi Heat 12/7/2017

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[12/21/2017] Hisashi Takeda returns to Nippon Tsuun as player/coach

Nippon Tsuun held a press conference today to announce that thirty-nine-year-old Hisashi Takeda will be returning to their the Industrial League team in 2018 as a player/coach. He was assigned the uniform number 54.

Takeda first joined Nippon Tsuun in 2001, after he graduated from Komazawa University. He turned pro when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft by the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Source: Sponichi 12/21/2017, Daily Sports 12/21/2017, Nippon Tsuun 11/27/2017

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[12/19/2017] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on December 19 to determine punishments for the following cases:

College

Game Suspensions

九州国際大
Kyushu Kokusai
部員の飲酒、喫煙
Drinking, smoking
11月29日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 28

High School

Game Suspensions

仙台育英(宮城)
Sendai Ikusei (Miyagi)
部員の飲酒、喫煙
Drinking, smoking
12月5日から6カ月
Six months beginning on December 5
我孫子東(千葉)
Abiko Higashi (Chiba)
部員の窃盗
Theft within the team
11月7日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 7
横須賀(静岡)
Yokosuka (Shizuoka)
部員の盗品授受
Transfer of stolen goods
9月1日から6カ月を3月31日までに延長
Six months beginning on September 1, extended until March 31
東稜(京都)
Toryo (Kyoto)
部員の部内暴力
Internal violence
11月18日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 18
高岡向陵(富山)
Takaoka Koryo (Toyama)
部員の部内暴力
Internal violence
11月20日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 20
静岡農(静岡)
Shizuoka Nogyo (Shizuoka)
部員の部内外いじめ
Bullying (internal)
11月22日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 22
校名非公表
Undisclosed
部員の人権侵害行為
Human rights violation
期間非公表
Undisclosed

Suspensions

北海道栄(北海道)の監督
Hokkaido Sakae (Hokkaido) manager
部外暴力
Violence (external)
11月17日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 17
焼津中央(静岡)の監督
Yaizu Chuo (Shizuoka) manager
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence (internal), delayed report
10月31日から6カ月
Six months beginning on October 31
京都広学館(京都)のコーチ2人
Kyoto Kogakkan (Kyoto) two coaches
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
11月8日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 8
市川越(埼玉)の監督、顧問
Shiritsu Kawagoe (Saitama) manager, adviser
中学生練習参加規定違反
Violated junior high school practice participation regulations
11月24日から1年間
One year beginning on November 24
おかやま山陽(岡山)の部長
Okayama Sanyo (Okayama) director
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
12月5日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 5
桑名北(三重)の監督
Kuwana Kita (Mie) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
11月16日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 16
暁星国際(千葉)の監督
Gyosei Kokusai (Chiba) manager
不適切行為
Inappropriate behavior
12月4日から6カ月
Six months beginning on December 4
早稲田摂陵(大阪)の監督
Waseda Setsuryo (Osaka) manager
部内暴言
Violent language
12月7日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 7
浦和実(埼玉)の監督
Urawa Jitsugyo (Saitama) manager
部内暴力
Violence (internal)
12月1日から3カ月
Three months beginning on December 1
静岡農(静岡)の監督
Shizuoka Nogyo (Shizuoka) manager
部内暴力、暴言
Violence (internal), violent language
11月18日から1カ月
One month beginning on November 18

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Source: Jiji 12/19/2017

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[12/6/2017] Major College 2018 Tournament Dates

The Japan Student Baseball Association and the Japan University Baseball Federation held meetings in Tokyo on December 6 and set the calendar for the 2018 season.

49th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament

  • Six days beginning on November 9, 2018
  • Venue: Jingu Stadium
  • Tie-break: runners on first and second, no out (international rules)

67th Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship

  • Seven days beginning on June 11, 2018
  • Venues: Jingu Stadium and Tokyo Dome
  • Tie-break: runners on first and second, no out (international rules)

42nd Japan-USA University Baseball Championship

  • July 3, 2018 – July 9, 2018, five games
  • United States

29th Haarlem Baseball Week

  • July 13, 2018 – July 22, 2018
  • The Netherlands

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2017

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[11/26/2017] Senbatsu Tie-Break Rules, Kanagawa split into two for 100th Summer Koshien

The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) decided that the new tie-break rules for the 90th Spring Koshien next year will be finalized in January 2018. The JHBF originally planned to set the final rules before the end of the year, but they decided to extend the deadline so that they can take all suggestions (provided through surveys given by regional federations across Japan) in consideration.

Source: Sponichi 11/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017Sanspo 11/26/2017

The JHBF decided the 100th Summer Koshien message will be, “Arigato Natsu 100-kai Korekaramo” (Thank you, summer 100 times, from here on too).

Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2017

The Kanagawa High School Baseball Federation (KHBF) decided to split the Kanagawa region into two tournaments for the 100th Summer Koshien: the South Kanagawa Tournament and the North Kanagawa Tournament. The federation has 194 high school members and ninety-six will be in the South Kangawa and ninety-eight in the North. The Kanagawa Tournament will be split into North and South for the first time since the 90th Koshien Tournament in 2008.

Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2017Sponichi 11/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2017, Official List of North/South Schools (pdf, in Japanese)


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[11/21/2017] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on November 21 to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

周防大島(山口)
Suo Oshima (Yamaguchi)
部員の飲酒、窃盗、喫煙
Drinking, stealing, smoking
10月14日から6カ月
Six months beginning on October 14
羽島(岐阜)
Hashima (Gifu)
部員の喫煙
Smoking
10月7日から6カ月
Six months beginning on October 7
神戸高塚(兵庫)
Kobe Takatsuka (Hyogo)
部員の部内いじめ
Bullying (internal)
10月13日から6カ月
Six months beginning on October 13
大宮工(埼玉)
Omiya Kogyo (Saitama)
部員の器物破損、迷惑行為ほか
Damaged property, caused a nuisance
10月8日から9カ月
Nine months beginning on October 8
校名非公表
Undisclosed school
部員の盗撮
Secret photography
11月5日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 5
大阪偕星(大阪)
Osaka Kaisei (Osaka)
部員の部内いじめ、遊技場遊技、喫煙
Bullying (internal), gambling, smoking
11月1日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 1
栗東(滋賀)
Ritto (Shiga)
部員の部内いじめ
Bullying (internal)
11月1日から3カ月
Three months beginning on November 1

Suspensions

おかやま山陽(岡山)のコーチ
Okayama Sanyo (Okayama) coach
副部長に暴力
Violence toward the deputy drector
11月2日から1年間
One year beginning on November 2
岩国(山口)の監督
Iwakuni (Yamaguchi) manager
不適切指導、暴力、暴言
Inappropriate coaching, violence, violent language
9月27日から1カ月
One month beginning on September 27
都城工(宮崎)の監督
Miyakonojo Kogyo (Miyazaki) manager
不適切指導
Inappropriate coaching
10月25日から3カ月
Three months beginning on October 25
聖光(山口)の監督
Seiko (Yamaguchi) manager
部内暴力、隠蔽
Violence (internal), concealment
9月27日から1年間
One year beginning on September 27
聖光(山口)の部長
Seiko (Yamaguchi) director
監督不祥事の隠蔽
Concealing manager’s disconduct
11月8日から6カ月
Six months beginning on November 8
校名非公表の部長
Undisclosed school director
青少年を保護する条例違反
Violating an ordinance to protect youths
6月24日から1年間
One year beginning on June 24

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Source: Jiji 11/21/2017

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[11/15/2017] 48th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament: Schedule

College Division

Date Time Gm First Base Score Third Base
11/10 Fri 13:30 1 関西大
Kansai
1-2 創価大
Soka
    16:00 2 富士大
Fuji
4-1 大阪商業大
Osaka Shogyo
11/11 Sat 13:30 3 環太平洋大
Kantaiheiyo
5-1 慶應義塾大
Keio Gijuku
    16:00 4 九州共立大
Kyushu Kyoritsu
8-7 名城大
Meijo
11/12 Sun 13:30 5 富士大
Fuji
1-9 東洋大
Toyo
    16:00 6 星槎道都大
Seisa Dohto
1-0 創価大
Soka
11/13 Mon 15:30 7 日本体育大
Nippon Taiiku
7-1 九州共立大
Kyushu Kyoritsu
11/14 Tue 13:30 8 環太平洋大
Kantaiheiyo
2-10 星槎道都大
Seisa Dohto
    16:00 9 東洋大
Toyo
0-4 日本体育大
Nippon Taiiku
11/15 Wed 12:00 10 星槎道都大
Seisa Dohto
0-3 日本体育大
Nippon Taiiku

High School Division

Date Time Gm First Base Score Third Base
11/10 Fri 08:30 1 おかやま山陽高
Okayama Sanyo
1-5 創成館高
Soseikan
    11:00 2 日本航空石川高
Nihon Koku Ishikawa
7-6 日大三高
Nichi Dai San
11/11 Sat 08:30 3 大阪桐蔭高
Osaka Toin
4-2 駒大苫小牧高
Komazawa Tomakomai
    11:00 4 明徳義塾高
Meitoku Gijuku
5-3 中央学院高
Chuo Gakuin
11/12 Sun 08:30 5 聖光学院高
Seiko Gakuin
4-6 創成館高
Soseikan
    11:00 6 日本航空石川高
Nihon Koku Ishikawa
4-6 静岡高
Shizuoka
11/13 Mon 10:30 7 大阪桐蔭高
Osaka Toin
4-7 創成館高
Soseikan
    13:00 8 静岡高
Shizuoka
3-5 明徳義塾高
Meitoku Gijuku
11/14 Tue 10:30 9 創成館高
Soseikan
0-4 明徳義塾高
Meitoku Gijuku
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[11/14/2017] Kyushu to have one fewer rep in Inter-City Tournament

The Japan Amateur Baseball Association announced a couple changes in the number of representatives they allow per region for the Inter-City Tournament, effective beginning in 2018.

  • the Kyushu region will have one fewer representative, shifting from three to two
  • the Tokyo and Minami Kanto regions will have an extra representative: Tokyo will remain at four and Minami Kanto will shift from two to three

The changes were made based on recent performance data.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017

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[11/12/2017] Toyota wins 43rd Industrial League Championship

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トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 7 1
日本生命
Nihon Seimei
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0

Toyota Jidosha beat Nihon Seimei 3-1 earlier today and won the 43rd Industrial League Chmpionship.

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