The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on Wednesday requested in a meeting with Major League Baseball that the Japanese team receive a bigger slice of the revenue for the next World Baseball Classic in 2013 but its demand was turned down.
As part of its demands at the negotiations held in Tokyo, the JPBPA had asked that sponsorship rights and the rights to baseball memorabilia for the Japanese team be transferred to Nippon Professional Baseball.
The Japanese players’ union said it still plans, in coordination with NPB and the Japanese pro baseball clubs, to demand that the rights be secured as a condition for Japan to play in 2013.
JPBPA executive director Toru Matsubara said, “Right now, for the future of Japan we must have a solid contract.”
According to a source, MLB and the MLB Players Association, which will organize the 2013 tournament, have notified the JPBPA and NPB that the deadline to reply on whether or not Japan will participate in the tournament is the end of September.
Jim Small, MLB’s vice president for Asia, has said that the MLB will go ahead with the WBC, even if Japan does not play.
Marines down Hawks
Two-time Japan Series MVP Toshiaki Imae hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Lotte Marines rallied to beat the Softbank Hawks 3-1 on Wednesday.
“It was a perfect hit,” Imae said of his eighth home run of the season. “I tried to hit at least a sac fly to tie the game in that situation.”
Buffaloes 4, Eagles 3
At Kobe’s Hotto Motto Field, Naotaka Takehara delivered a two-run single in the third inning as Orix beat Tohoku Rakuten.
Lions 9, Fighters 8
Dragons 1, Tigers 0
At Nagoya Dome, Chen Wei-yin and Takuya Asao combined on a four-hit shutout as Chunichi ended Hanshin’s winning streak at four games.
Giants 8, BayStars 7
At Yokohama Stadium, Yoshinobu Takahashi, Shinnosuke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto homered for Yomiuri.
Swallows 6, Carp 1