Japan baseball head Kato announces resignation
Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato has announced his
resignation at an owners’ meeting.
Kato, a former Japanese ambassador to the United States, came
under criticism in June when it was revealed the league had
secretly switched to a livelier baseball for the 2013 season. The
new ball has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of home
The 72-year-old Kato, who is in his third term a commissioner of
Nippon Professional Baseball, said he was never informed of the
change. The players’ union called for his resignation when the ball
scandal came to light.
A third-party panel investigating the scandal is scheduled to
submit a report by the end of this month.