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Japanese commissioner calls for on fresh negotiations in Powell case

Japanese commissioner calls for on fresh negotiations in Powell case

American pitcher Jeremy Powell appears likely to play for the Softbank Hawks this season after the commissioner of Japan professional baseball ruled Wednesday on a long-running dispute over which club signed him.
Japan baseball commissioner Yasuchika Negoro ruled the Hawks and the Orix Buffaloes must restart negotiations with the 31-year-old pitcher.
"I'm not going to go into the problems between the two teams and the player," Negoro said at a press conference Wednesday. "Both teams are to start over with their efforts (to sign Powell)."
Both the Buffaloes and the Hawks claimed Powell signed a contract with them for the upcoming season.
On Feb. 4, the Pacific League ruled that Powell can play for Softbank this season but must serve a three-month suspension for causing a dispute between the two teams.
The decision by Negoro virtually assures that Powell will sign with Softbank, who have offered him a more lucrative deal.
Since the initial contracts have effectively thrown out, it is also possible that Powell won't have to serve the three-month suspension and could start the 2008 season from opening day.
Powell, who played for the Montreal Expos in Major League Baseball from 1998-2000, claims he never committed to the Buffaloes, only signing a fax the club sent him in the belief it was a document required for a visa application rather than an official contract.
He later signed an official contract with Softbank.
Orix claimed the original papers sent to Powell were indeed an official contract.


Updated : 2020-12-04 19:00 GMT+08:00