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The joint regulation committee for professional and amateur baseball met on January 11 to discuss changes to the rule book. Among changes that will be made to the official rule book:
The changes are being made based on what is used in the international rule book.
The NPB met in Tokyo on January 22 and went over the rules for the two-stage delivery and automatic intentional walk and accepted the changes. The new rules will be used this season. Additional details will be released during the NPB Manager Meetings on January 25.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2018, Sponichi 1/11/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/13/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Sanspo 1/11/2018, Sanspo 1/12/2018, Sanspo 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/13/2018, Daily Sports 1/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/12/2018, Sports Hochi 1/13/20180 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzka attended a tryout with the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Stadium earlier today. He arrived at the facilities at 1:14pm and was seen walking to the indoor facilities at 1:30pm. He tossed a bullpen session (twenty-two playing catch, twelve to a standing catcher, including sliders, curveballs, and change-ups) in front of Chunichi staff. The tryout took place behind closed doors.
Matsuzaka is now set to attend Ichi-gun spring camp with the Dragons. He will be assigned the uniform number 99.
Source: Daliy Sports 1/23/2018, Sports Hochi 1/23/2018, Sports Hochi 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Sponichi 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2018, Sanspo 1/23/2018
[UPDATE 1/23 @ 9:36pm]
Matsuzaka also could have selected the uniform number 20, but went with 99 because he felt he did not yet deserve a lower number and felt a connection to 99 because 9 + 9 equaled his old number. His salary will be an estimated fifteen million yen.
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Kanakubo weight seventy-four kilograms in October 2017. He told reporters on January 22, 2018 that he managed to push his weight up to eighty-two kilograms by eating a lot of soba and through weights.0 Comments
Kumagai unofficially (timed by the media) ran to first in 3.70 seconds during rookie workouts on January 22. When he was in college, his best time around all the bases was 13.8 seconds.0 Comments
The 2018 Eastern League schedule and 2018 Eastern League Spring Kyoiku League schedule was released on January 23.0 Comments
The 2018 Western League schedule and 2018 Western League Spring Kyoiku League schedule was released on January 22.0 Comments
If forty-four-year-old Ichiro Suzuki decides to return to the NPB this year, at least two teams will be interested: the Orix Buffaloes and Chunichi Dragons. And according to Sports Hochi, the Dragons may have already submitted an offer to the outfielder.
For those wondering, Ichiro has connections to both Orix and Chunichi. The veteran was born in Aichi and was a fan of the Dragons as a child. When he turned pro, he played for the Orix Blue Wave.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced the following name changes today:
Source: Yokohama 1/19/20180 Comments