TOKYO (AP) - Japanese baseball officials are considering stricter rules for amateur players who bypass the country's professional leagues to play in Major League Baseball.
Concern with the existing rules arose after high school pitcher Shohei Otani decided to pursue a career in the major leagues instead of playing in Japanese professional baseball.
In 2008, Junichi Tazawa left Japan's corporate league, signing with the Boston Red Sox as the first top amateur to bypass the Japanese draft.
Tazawa's move led Japanese baseball to rule that if a player decides to play overseas after being drafted by a Japanese team, he cannot play for a Japanese pro club for up to three years after he returns to Japan.
Japan's 12 pro teams are looking for tougher rules to keep talented young players in Japan.
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Are Sale's Sox now the favorite? The Boston Red Sox made a big splash this week when they acquired Cy Young contender Chris Sale from the...
Thumbnail Red Sox acquire Sale, WS odds improve Following the acquisition of Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox' World Series odds have improved greatly.
Thumbnail Will Cubs repeat as champs? The Chicago Cubs are a month into their championship reign. As the 2017 season approaches, are they favored to repeat?
Advertisement

MLB Team Pages