Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 15, 2016

JPBPA opposes potential mid-season change to collision rule

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on Friday decided to oppose Nippon Professional Baseball's potential mid-year introduction of the revised guidelines on preventing home plate collisions. The controversial guideline introduced this season strictly prohibits fielders from remaining in the third-base line as runners approach the ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 22, 2015

Baseball union leader Matsubara dies at 58

Toru Matsubara, who organized Japanese baseball's only players' strike as the secretary general of the players union, died of urinary tract cancer on Sunday. He was 58. In 2004, the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association defied Nippon Professional Baseball's owners over restructuring the Pacific League ...