Sep 22, 2015

Baseball union leader Matsubara dies at 58

Toru Matsubara, who organized Japanese baseball’s only players’ strike as the secretary general of the players union, died of urinary tract cancer on Sunday. He was 58. In 2004, the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association defied Nippon Professional Baseball’s owners over restructuring the Pacific ...

Jun 28, 2013

Players union pressuring NPB commissioner Kato to resign

Japan’s players union on Thursday called on Nippon Professional Baseball to select a new commissioner who can carry out reform following the revelation that this year’s ball was secretly altered. Toru Matsubara, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, submitted a ...