Baseball: Japanese Pro Baseball to change to ball with less flight
Japan's twelve professional baseball teams will be switching to a new ball design for the 2011 season, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on August 23rd. The NPB publicized the decision to change baseballs as an effort to find a ball that feels closer to the types of balls used in international competitions. NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato stated in a press release that during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Japanese players felt uneasy about differences in the regulation baseballs from that of Japan. After listening to player thoughts and requests at 2010 spring training camps, it was decided to pursue a new design. Commissioner Kato also stated that he personally hopes to see the use of the future Japanese baseball spread overseas.
(examiner.com, Aug 26)
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