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Mizuno President Apologizes To Nippon Professional Baseball For Supplying Faulty Balls
Published April 17, 2014
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RECURRING ISSUE: In N.Y., Jun Hongo reported Mizuno said that the "juiced-up balls may have added about 60 to 70 centimeters, or at least two feet, to the carry of a fly ball." This is the "second scandal involving juiced-up balls in Japan in as many years." In '13, then NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato stepped down after it was "revealed that the league arranged with Mizuno to tweak the balls and add some pop to them." This time, the company said that it did not "intend to make the balls livelier" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/15). The AFP reported "Japanese media said there have been 131 home runs this season compared to the 113 at the same time last year" (AFP, 4/16).