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The numbers behind this year’s dead ball

When the players union met with Nippon Professional Baseball in a working group meeting over the union demands, the surprise for the union was NPB having nothing to say about the baseball, how nothing had been done to change it.

Home runs through Sunday’s games in NPB are down 59 percent, not from last year, not just from last year from March to May, but from the previous three years prior to June. This isn’t something that happens by accident.

That only proves that NPB has been studying MLB’s ball manipulation. When home runs and pitcher blisters surged in 2018, astrophysicist Dr. Meredith Wills discovered that MLB — despite denials that its balls had not been changed — was using balls stitched with thicker and stronger yarn — that made them more aerodynamic.

When asked about the balls then, commissioner Rob Manfred said he would never mess with baseballs after NPB’s secret shift in 2013 from a dead ball to a more normal one had cost commissioner Ryuzo Kato his job.

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NPB news: July 1, 2023

Tomoyuki Sugano had another solid outing, Tomoya Mori left a game hurt, Chusei Mannami showed off his arm, twice, struggling two-time Central League MVP Munetaka Murakami was dropped from Yakult’s starting lineup, and the Fighters and Buffaloes had a sendoff for a former player, while DeNA’s resident cretin, Trevor Bauer, delivered his second childish display in two starts and this one was a doozy.

A big day at the plate for Tomoya Mori proved to be a disaster on the bases.

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Saturday’s games

Buffaloes 3, Fighters 1: At Kitahiroshima Taxpayers Burden Field, an Orix bullpen day, kicked off by three scoreless innings from Jharel Cotton, held Nippon Ham to a run.

Reserve infielder Sho Gibo doubled to open the Buffaloes’ third against Naoyuki Uwasawa (6-5) and scored on a Kenya Wakatsuki double. With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth, Gibo singled and scored on Yuma Mune’s two-run double.

Yuma Mune’s two-run double.

A third run might have scored in the inning, but Mune was out at the plate trying to score on a single, the second scalp taken in the game by right fielder Chusei Mannami.

Chusei Mannami guns down Orix’s Yuma Mune.

Yoshihisa Hirano worked the ninth for the Buffaloes to earn his 12th save. Tomoya Mori went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk, but had really poor luck on the bases.

Gunned down by Mannami in the second after his leadoff double, Mori had to be carted off the field in the eighth inning after injuring his left calf when he tried to stop suddenly and reverse course after overrunning second base.

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