Sendai Kitakami to disband team

Kyodo

An Iwate Prefecture high school, which is involved in a scouting scandal surrounding one of its former team members, has offered to disband its baseball team for violating amateur baseball rules, amateur baseball officials said Monday.

The Osaka-based Japan High School Baseball Federation received the offer the same day as the recent revelation that the Sendai Kitakami school paid tuition for some of its baseball players based on their performances in junior high school tournaments — an act prohibited in order to prevent heated scouting activities.

The latest move came about a month after the Seibu Lions were found to have signed a secret deal with former Waseda University player Katsuhito Shimizu when he was with Sendai Kitakami, a Senshu University affiliate and a regional baseball powerhouse.