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Yomiuri Giants: Fans giving harsh feedback for Ken Kato incident

by on Nov.03, 2012 @ 8:58 am, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants apparently received an unspecified number of complaints and harsh criticisms over the phone and via e-mail.  A team official spoke to reporters after workouts at Tokyo Dome on Friday and said, "We have received a lot of feedback, including some that were very harsh, via telephone and e-mail.  We are informing them that we only followed the umpire's judgement and that we hope they can understand."

The umpiring crew did not show up at Tokyo Dome.

The Fighters have received supportive feedback from fans.  Some have asked that they file a protest with the NPB, but the organization does not have any plans for that at the time being.

And according to Sanspo, the NPB also reportedly received an unspecified number of complaints over the phone.  Sponichi, on the other hand, mentions that the NPB received no complaints over the phone.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2012, Sponichi 11/3/2012

See also:

Nippon Series: Kazuhito Tadano tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch at Ken Kato

3 comments on “Yomiuri Giants: Fans giving harsh feedback for Ken Kato incident

  1. JW

    It was an obvious bad call by the HP umpire, but if I recall correctly the score was already 5-1 and this incident only resulted in one run being scored. Sending in a formal protest wouldn’t do much but it’s easy to understand why Fighters fans were upset about this….

  2. Felix Quiros

    I understand fans feelings but appreciaton calls can’t be overruled. It was an awful call by Koichi Yanada but Fighters should be more worried about how they could hit Hirokazu Sawamura’s pitches tha about a bad call that they couldn’t do anything about it. They would better remember that the call cost them one run while their booing on Kato cost them two more.

  3. Eric Lord

    While I don’t blame the Giants specifically, Katoh hitting the ground and rolling around like he’d been shot is an embarrassment to the game of baseball, and his actions necessarily reflect on the team as a whole. I’m reminded of Wakiya dropping a popup last year, faking the catch, then obstinately telling the reporting team after when asked that he’d absolutely caught it and that they needed to get a new TV. Just exposes an ugly culture over there.

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