Do any of our followers of Japanese baseball know anything about this new four-team Japanese independent league ("Kansai") starting in 2009? This league was in the news today because one of its teams drafted a 16-year-old girl.
Mainly, I'm curious if this is seen as a serious pro-level league, with solid investors, good player salary budgets, etc., or if it's just a low-level, barely-above-amateur type of operation.
I found websites for several of the league's teams, but none have an English version, and no top-level league site could be found with a quick Google search. Thanks.