This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.Note: Effect of New NPB Ball
Prior to 2011, each NPB team was allowed to choose its own ball to use in its
home games. For 2011, NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato introduced a regulation ball to be used league-wide. The new ball more closely resembled the MLB ball, and had the effect of suppressing offense. NPB batters hit 666 fewer home runs in 2011 than they ...
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