Friday, September 12, 2008

Baseball Goes Green (at least in Japan)

I found this blurb from AGW headquarters (AP). Its about 6 months old but it brought a chuckle nonetheless. Baseball in Japan is concerned by their contribution to AGW. They're attempting to shorten their games in order to cut down on their carbon footprint. Heh, heh.

What's really at work here is a business that's trying to make their product more appealing to its consumers. Think about it. The games are boring to begin with since there's not enough action to hold fan's attention. So they're trying to speed them up. At the same time they can get some mileage out of appearing concerned about the environment. A good business move if you ask me.

I know you're thinking that QC is anti-baseball. Simply not true. I was a Cubs fan until 1969 when I lost all faith in that franchise. I always was a Sox fan anyway. Still am though I don't watch the games since I still am mad about the strike in August sometime in the 80's. They were in 1st place with a great team but went out on strike. Never forgive, never forget.

Baseball in Japan going Green

As part of the fight against global warming, Japanese professional baseball has come up with a plan to shorten its games and reduce carbon dioxide emissions at stadiums.

Teams will aim to cut playing time by six percent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game, Japan pro baseball officials said Tuesday.

Under the plan, teams will be required to spend no more than two minutes and 15 seconds when they change from fielding to batting.

Pitchers will be asked to throw within 15 seconds of receiving the ball from the catcher when no runners are on base.

The proposal to cut playing time was set in accordance with Japan's pledge to cut its emissions of greenhouse gasses by six percent from 1990 levels between 2008 and 2010 under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Japanese baseball officials said staging games results in a huge amount of carbon dioxides to be discharged through the use of energy to move players and spectators, supply electricity for lighting and other purposes.

Japan is struggling to meet its emissions cuts obligations under the Kyoto pact.

Even before the latest plan, Japanese baseball has been looking for ways to speed up the pace of games.

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