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New Ball Made Big Difference In Japan

Tim Ednoff -

One significant yet seemingly underreported story has been the introduction of a uniform baseball in Japan's professional baseball league, the Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB) before the 2011 season. As detailed in a recent Brad Lefton New York Times article, the NPB agreed to contract with Mizuno as the exclusive supplier in a rule change that was part of a "conscious effort to make the baseball much more similar [to the American one] than before."

International | #2011#International Affairs

Bye-Bye, World Cup

John Manuel -

The baseball World Cup is no more, as Major League Baseball expands the World Baseball Classic to 28 teams and the International Baseball Federation shifts its focus to the new Premier 12 tournament as well as its bid to get baseball back on the Olympic programme.

International | #2011#International Affairs