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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NPB still undecided on when to start the season

Earlier today, the Central and Pacific Leagues held individual meetings in order to discuss what to do about the start of the season.  The Central League came away from their meetings intent on starting the season on the 25th while the Pacific League was leaning towards delaying the start of their season.

After the individual league meetings, a special board of directors meeting was held but a final decision could not be reached.

Word of advice to the NPB: Don’t do anything until you can be sure the fans, players and officials will be safe and won’t have to spend the entire game worrying about their families. It goes without saying, but, well, it still has to be said.

Gamingboy Posted: March 15, 2011 at 04:47 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2011 at 06:48 PM (#3771113)
Geez, no way you start on the 25th. At least bump the season back a few weeks. Aren't most games indoors anyways?
   2. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: March 15, 2011 at 06:53 PM (#3771115)
Take your time NPB. If they can't start the season for a while, I think they should put together an all star team and come barnstorm the States in the interim with the proceeds going to earthquake victims.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 15, 2011 at 07:16 PM (#3771130)
I think they should put together an all star team and come barnstorm the States in the interim sell all of their good players to the Yankees, with the proceeds going to earthquake victims.
Boy, I can't wait to see this.
   4. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: March 15, 2011 at 07:18 PM (#3771132)
Boy, I can't wait to see this.

Ray DiPerna would be ok with this!
   5. Gamingboy Posted: March 15, 2011 at 09:04 PM (#3771226)
(rolls eyes at 3 and 4)
   6. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 15, 2011 at 09:07 PM (#3771229)
I think they should put together an all star team and come barnstorm the States in the interim sell all of their good players to the Yankees, with the proceeds going to earthquake victims.


If you can promise me that all their good players will emulate the success of Daisuke Matsuzaka I'd be OK with it.
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 15, 2011 at 09:30 PM (#3771240)
I agree that the prudent thing to do would be to wait, but I can see why the Central League would be more willing to start on the 25th than the Pacific League. It has to do with geography. The Pacific League contains the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who play in Sendai, which is the most hard hit major city. It would be very difficult for the team to get their stadium ready to play in a couple of weeks. (I've heard that it's feared there's a bit of structural damage, and that a pedestrian walkway that fans use to get to the park has collapsed). The Pacific League also has the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the only team based north of the disaster area. In contrast, all of the teams in the Central League are based in the Tokyo area, or in southern/western Honshu, further away from the most affected areas.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2011 at 09:33 PM (#3771246)
Do they have any interleague play?
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 15, 2011 at 09:38 PM (#3771252)
Do they have any interleague play?


Yes, each team plays two two-game series (home and away) with the teams in the other league, but the interleague games take place in the middle of the season.
   10. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: March 15, 2011 at 09:52 PM (#3771265)
put together an all star team and come barnstorm the States in the interim with the proceeds going to earthquake victims.

I love this. The obvious place to start the tour would be Seattle. Ichiro would play, suffer a career-ending injury, and make the HoF anyway.

(Ray_DiPerna_screaming.wav)
   11. Gamingboy Posted: March 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM (#3771280)
If these nuclear problems keep getting worse (and so far it seems like it is- every few hours seems to bring another explosion or fire), there is no way that the Central League starts on the 25th either. I mean, if the wind were to change direction, radiation will head towards Tokyo and/or Chiba.
   12. PepTech Posted: March 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM (#3771286)
Even Tokyo still has rolling blackouts. They've shut down lighting on various temples and tourist attractions - not sure they can justify the power-suck that a night game represents, unless of course you play the "baseball brings us together" card.

They had previously cancelled the March Grand Sumo Tournament due to match-fixing, so the Japanese people could be starved for sport. OR, they have other stuff on their mind. I can see it either way. Can't see them playing in Sendai, though, not anytime soon. I'm often wrong.
   13. Eddie A Posted: March 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM (#3771291)
Some info on the Japanese nuclear power industry, courtest of the U.S. EIA:


Japan currently has 54 operating nuclear reactors with a total installed generating capacity of around 49 GW, making it the third-largest nuclear power generator in the world behind the United States and France. EIA preliminary data shows that Japan produced 244 BKwh of nuclear-generated electricity in 2008. The government plans to increase nuclear's share of total electricity generation from 24 percent in 2008 to 40 percent by 2017 and to 50 percent by 2030, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.


I think the events of the past week throws a monkey wrench into those expansion plans.
   14. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: March 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM (#3771293)
(rolls eyes at 3 and 4)

Aw, Ray knows I'm kidding.
   15. Bhaakon Posted: March 15, 2011 at 11:38 PM (#3771323)
I think the events of the past week throws a monkey wrench into those expansion plans.


Barring a complete disaster severely irradiating a boatload of civilians(as opposed to empty, evacuated land and open ocean), I think gas prices will soon power nuclear energy over this bump in the road.
   16. Gamingboy Posted: March 16, 2011 at 12:33 AM (#3771341)
   17. CFiJ Posted: March 16, 2011 at 04:20 AM (#3771416)
It goes without saying, but, well, it still has to be said.

Indeed, I'm sure the NPB guys following this site will kick it upstairs to the decision makers.
   18. Juan V Posted: March 16, 2011 at 05:52 AM (#3771442)
I say let them play. After what radioactivity did to Peter Parker, our current PED issues will look silly.
   19. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 16, 2011 at 07:57 AM (#3771457)
Too soon.
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 16, 2011 at 08:40 AM (#3771459)
Okay. Now.

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