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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 9, 1997:
Mike DiMuro, the 1st American to umpire in Japan, announces he is returning home following an altercation when a batter poked him in the chest and a crowd of angry players surrounded him during the game. DiMuro had been invited to Japan to teach correct officiating.
»May 6, 2000:
In a Japanese League game at the Nagoya Dome against the Yokohama BayStars, home-plate umpire Atsushi Kittaka calls a third strike on Dragons infielder Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Tatsunami contests the call, and his teammates rush from the dugout, surrounding and wrestling the umpire. Kittaka's uniform is left with spike marks and his ribs are fractured. Three years ago, ML ump Mike DiMuro quit the Japanese Leagues after being pushed in the chest by a batter.