The media learned on Thursday that the manager of the Tokyo City University Shiojiri High School (Nagano) baseball team stepped down from his post, dated June 25, after it was discovered that he resorted to violence to punish two players.
According to school officials, the manager slapped two different third-year players on the cheek one time each. The incidents took place in April and June. One player was trying to leave practices early and the other was using his mobile phone. Both players have not missed any practices since and are expected to participate in the Nagano tournament.
The incident came to light when someone contacted the school on June 24 and questioned the manager's coaching methods. The principal confirmed the report with the manager and notified the Nagano High School Baseball Federation.