Majoring in Baseball Science

» 27 May 2009 » In international baseball, npb, sports business »

Majoring in Baseball Science… I don’t know if it’s just me, but that sounds truly intriguing.

Shikoku Gakuin Daigaku is installing the major system, which is the most common college academic system in the United States. Starting from the 2010 academic year, the university is restructuring its academic system and installing the major system providing 19 majors and one minor of the students’ choice. This differs from the typical Japanese university system, where students choose a curriculum prior to entering the school, and in the event they want to change majors, have to basically re-apply to the school.

What is interesting about this new development is that the Shikoku Gakuin Daigaku is adding the major of Baseball Science, which is the first such program in any Japanese university. The main subjects the students will be able to study majoring in Baseball Science will be:

  • History of Japanese Baseball
  • Baseball Information Analysis
  • Baseball Methodology
  • Baseball Management
  • Health and Sports Nutrition
  • Introduction of Baseball Communication

The dream of the university is for one of their alumni to become a major league player and expand the business of baseball and develop more “Baseball People” who can contribute to the industry. The school hasn’t produced many NPB players. One of the few baseball alumni from Shikoku Gakuen Daigaku is former Hiroshima Toyo Carp Kouichi Amano, currently the manager of the Fukui Miracle Elephants in the Baseball Challenge League.


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  1. Ryo
    Jeremy Brahm
    27/05/2009 at 4:54 pm Permalink

    Considering how much Japan loves to use statistics, it has been a huge surprise to me that they have never used many of the statistics that we have seen used in MLB circles, like OPS, WHIP, etc.

  2. Ryo
    27/05/2009 at 5:31 pm Permalink

    Yeah, but they have others that we don’t use here — “no walk complete games”, “save points”, etc.They also value RISP BA a little more highly.


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