As usual, there were no games on Monday, but there was some news involving a new draft, COVID measures and a look at Tuesday’s starting pitching matchups of interest.
NPB to hold “Active Player Draft”
In early December, NPB teams will share lists of players that are willing to leave their current team and who can be had for the asking in its new active player draft.
What we know so far is that each team will be required to nominate two players willing to move, and must select at least one player from another team. The union has been fighting for this for some time, although it will likely be a competition among the 12 teams to identify the absolutely least valuable players on their roster.
COVID 23 measures
In addition to that draft, NPB announced Monday, that its annual new player draft will be held behind closed doors this year, and that teams will still be allowed to have 31-man active rosters with up to five imported players.
The lack of fans at the draft is no big surprise, since NPB has opened up its games in virtually every way it can to increase revenue such as lifting attendance caps, while those things that don’t put money in the kitty, such as singing at the stadium and reporters being allowed to talk freely to players, have not moved an inch since play began in the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
If it makes money, it’s important. If not, the owners believe it’s an unnecessary risk.
Tuesday’s starting pitchers
There are a few real fun matchups tomorrow, starting with the Buffaloes at Nippon Ham. Naoyuki Uwasawa has been inconsistent this year, but he gives you the hope he can be lights out, while Taisuke Yamaoka is often dynamite.
Tomoyuki Sugano hasn’t been anywhere near his best this year, but he’ll be facing Shota Imanaga, who’s coming off a 5-0 August, while Koyo Aoyagi will pitch for Hanshin as he goes for his 13th win and Munetaka Murakami continues his quest for power-hitting perfection.
Fighters vs Buffaloes: Sapporo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Lions vs Marines: Seibu Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Hawks vs Eagles: Fukuoka Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Giants vs BayStars: Tokyo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Dragons vs Carp: Nagoya Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Tigers vs Swallows: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Active roster moves 9/5/2022
Deactivated players can be re-activated from 9/15