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The balls in Japan are juiced again

Apr 11, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

Katsuhiko Kumazaki

Last year a scandal erupted in Japanese baseball when NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato admitted that the league had doctored the baseballs in order to generate more offense. It was so bad that he ended up resigning in September.

You can bet your bippy that no one in Japan is gonna repeat THAT blunder again:

The commissioner of Japanese baseball has apologized after random tests showed the official ball is livelier than it should be.

The tests revealed that balls used at six stadiums on March 29 were livelier than they should have been.

Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki says, “I want to apologize for causing a commotion.”

Kind of embarrassing that, for the second year in a row, the Japanese baseball commissioner is apologizing for the same thing. On the bright side, that’s two more apologies than Bud Selig has ever offered.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    That’s what you get when you have China make your baseballs.

    • paperlions - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Wouldn’t the balls be heavier and less “lively” if they were made in China….you know, because of all of the lead in them?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Sweat and tears have been scientifically proven to make lead much less dense.

        Which is what makes Chinese baseballs so cheap. They can really stretch the lead supply via dilution.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Indeed, but as we saw with the ball Abreu hit….all of that salt weakens the structural integrity of the ball.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM


        Wait…no….I mean….Aww nuts.

    • renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Dude… Would China even bother makin some Baseballs?

  2. jwbiii - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Here’s a little more information

    • renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      WAHHH !! I didn’t know someone put this up already! I see your following yakyubaka too truly a reliable site that is if you wanna know more about Japanese baseball.

  3. NYTolstoy - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Juice the balls, Juice the bats, juice the players, and juice the stands, juice the beer, he’ll juice the juice.

    Alot of dishonor going around Japan right now.

    I wonder what that means for the Guy who broke the home run record over there?

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      A lot of stories about how Sadaharu Oh is still the home run king.

      • NYTolstoy - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Ah. Thank you wasn’t sure

    • renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Wladimir Balentien? He’s loved by his fans, media loves talkin to him there and not to mention they also made Wladi burgers there which clearly states the title of his name. I know he feels humble of the record he has done there. Also their’s no more dishonor in Japan now you know cause even if they do they wont even let him stand at the batters box there.

  4. braddavery - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Do Japanese “juiced” balls make Masahiro Tanaka’s 2013 season all the more incredible? How the heck is a guy gonna go 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA throwing juiced balls.

    • righthandofjustice - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      They never said Japanese pitchers are not juiced.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Perhaps he showed Michael Pineda the secrets to his success. Or maybe he just soaked his balls in a fish tank before each game.

  5. spudchukar - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Kudos for the “True Detective” reference. Best show I’ve seen on TV in a long, long time.

  6. righthandofjustice - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Rest assured, the Japanese Baseball Commissioners are not clean, but they have dignity. When they are busted, they appologized to their nation and resigned.

    Look at what the US Baseball Commissioner Seig did when he was busted? He said he was holier than thou. He kept turning a blind eye for 10 more years. He said he ran a holy crusade against PED. He threatened his empolyees not to expose him and impeded the investigation of the government. He even made up a Bud Selig Award and handed it over to HIMSELF.

    • paperlions - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      In fairness, there is no one in baseball that more embodies the spirit of Bud Selig than Bud Selig.

  7. musketmaniac - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    aluminum bats?

    • renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      No… It’s just there plate discipline are really good there. The only tournament they’re using aluminum bats there are the Koshien Tournament.

  8. renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Yeah the balls got more pop there than last year, Good thing they’re checking there standard baseballs there again.

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