An English Guide To Baseball Cards From Japan
When did Ibata become head of the union? I know Takahiro Arai was head as of 2008.
According to this, Ibata became "chairman of the JPBPA" in December of 2009, taking over from Hiroki Kokubo (who I'm guessing took over from Atsuya Furuta when he became Swallows manager). I assumed that chairman=head of union, but maybe that wasn't correct.
Furuta was Players' Chief and Kokubo Chairman of the Board, two different positions. So, Ibata is holding a different position than Furuta did. See http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Japan_Professional_Baseball_Players_Association
You know, I knew I should have looked this up for the details. Thanks for the clarification.
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