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NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato resigns over juiced ball controversy

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Earlier this season 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. Back in June, when the scandal was revealed, players in the league demanded that Kato step down. He declined to. Now he has:

Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato has announced his resignation at an owners’ meeting ... “I caused a lot of problems over the ball, and that was a huge reason for my decision,’' Kyodo news agency quoted Kato as saying.

This comes days after Wladimir Balentien broke the single-season home run record of 55 (he currently has 58). Kato, however, says that Balentien’s feat was not aided by the doctored balls.