According to The Kansas City Star
and Nikkan Sports
Japanese professional baseball players voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike as part of their efforts to prevent the merger of several Pacific League (Japan) teams. The story reports that about 98 percent of the 750 members of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association voted to authorize a potential strike.
Apparently the Orix BlueWave
and the Kintetsu Buffaloes
signed an agreement to merge, but the move must be approved at an owners' meeting Sept. 8. Under the agreement, the merged club would be run by a new firm jointly owned by Orix Corp. and Kintetsu Corp., the parent companies involved with the two teams.
We'll keep you abreast of the progress of this one - no Gene Orza involved though.