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Japan’s players union on Monday asked Nippon Professional Baseball to delay the start of the 2017 season so that those who play for NPB’s team in next year’s World Baseball Classic can better prepare for Opening Day.

A negotiating team, including seven players, from the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association met NPB officials and asked that the Central and Pacific Leagues begin play on April 7 instead of March 31 as currently scheduled.

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