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Japanese players call for NPB commissioner to step down

Jun 28, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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One wonders what would have happened if it had been proven that MLB messed with the baseball in 1987 and then again in 1993, which I am pretty darn sure they did. They did find out about it in Japan, and it’s leading to this:

Japan’s players union has called for the resignation of Nippon Professional Baseball’s commissioner following revelations that a new official ball was introduced this season without notifying players.

Toru Matsubara, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, submitted a document to NPB saying commissioner Ryozo Kato should resign and be replaced by someone who can demonstrate leadership.

Bud Selig should call Kato and tell him that if he really wanted to demonstrate leadership he’d (a) say that he cared deeply about the altering of the baseball; (b) form a committee to investigate the altering of the baseball; and (c) maybe file a bogus lawsuit against the guys who drove the trucks delivering the baseballs.

  1. breastfedted - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Still yapping about your supposed bogus lawsuits, ‘ey Craig? Truly pathetic, you ludicrous stag.

    • nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      The only pathetic yapping on here is coming from you, Ted…. just thought you should know.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Yap! Yap! Yap!

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      You sound so macho. I bet you shave your chest and then pound it.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Speaking of which, I saw this super creepy ad with a guy shaving his chest b/c some chick wanted him to. I really, really didn’t want to see that, and also, I wish they’d stop forcing that anti-hair agenda on all of us.

      • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        The only one forcing an alopecia agenda on you is….Craig.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        The social acceptance and crass commercialization of body hair removal is a downer for these young ‘uns directly targeted in the 18-35 year old age range. How they don’t know that John had as much chest hair as Ponch, but that he was blonde and buttoned up so as not to be overt, is beyond me.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      You use “stag” as if it were an insult. Would you like it better if he were a doe?

  2. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    How would MLB have kept that information under wraps for so many years? Seems like someone along the way would have cut a ball in half, and compared to balls from the prior year(s), etc.

    I’m not saying the league is somehow above doing that kind of thing. It just seems like if they did do that in 1987 and 1993, we would have heard something a little more definitive.

    • paperlions - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      People have studied it and published their findings, people just don’t care, so you don’t hear much about it. A couple of labs regularly update their work on the subject. This summary is several years old, there may be an updated study soon to determine if the recent decline in offense was helped along by changes to the baseball.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Thanks! I’ll take a look at that.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Researchers are too afraid of getting hit by the springs when they pop out! My eye!!!!!!!!

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        That’s what grad students are for.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        I thought that was for cribbing footnotes.

      • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Paper – that’s what grad assistants are for. We’ll expect your full report on the department chair’s desk a day before the beeg faculty meeting.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Incidentally, the commissioner as pictured looks a lot like the company chairman in Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well.

  4. gloccamorra - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    If you think MLB ordered a change in the performance of the baseballs, you’ll need a smoking gun – a memo, or letter, or voice recording or other evidence of communication between the manufacturer and MLB. Without it, we’ll still be loaded with suspicions like the Rawlings-employed Haitians, with their nimble fingers, sewed the seams too tightly, or some such. My favorite theory is “Russian experiments”, formerly used to explain unusual weather, until global warming theory took over.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Except that its not necessary for MLB to have intended or ordered a composition change to occur. Changes can o cur without a conspiracy. The University of Rhode Island study in particular presents quite compelling evidence that the ball has changed. The manufacturer changed in 1977. In the 35 years since it is quite conceivable that the sources used for the raw materials has changed. The MLB specs themselves are easily broad enough to allow considerable variations and still be within standards.

    • paperlions - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      You don’t need a smoking gun, we have the smoking balls, and the balls have been studied. See link above.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        he he

        You said smoking balls.

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