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Ban on players who skip the draft?

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Ban on players who skip the draft?
I was doing some research on Japanese baseball and was hoping you could clarify one point. When Junichi Tazawa asked not to be drafted and went straight to MLB, there was talk in NPB of placing a 2-year ban on players if they wished to return to Japan after taking such a route. My question is, was that policy actually officially put in place? Or was it just an idle threat and still under consideration?
Re: Ban on players who skip the draft?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 11:30 PM | YBS Fan ]

Hmm. Now that you mention it, I'm not sure if the owners went through with their threat of a 2-year ban or not. That is, I'm not sure that they went through with writing it into the rules. If not, then there's no incentive for any team to follow such a threat if they think he's worth a try. And I can't imagine such a black listing standing up in court should anyone want to challenge such a rule.

I think that it was just the NPB dinosaurs posturing, showing their power (or lack thereof). I was looking for the rule book, but seemed to have lost my bookmark for it on the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association site. That would be the definitive document to answer the question.

Sorry I couldn't have been of more help.

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