Japanese players' association to vote July 22

Updated: June 30, 2005, 11:02 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japan tentatively agreed to take part in baseball's first World Cup-style tournament if its professional players' association agrees to it.

Masashi Tsunoda, an official with the Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, said Thursday a letter sent to Major League Baseball included a counterproposal from Japan's players on when to hold the tournament.

U.S. major league and union officials traveled to Japan two weeks ago and set a June 30 deadline for an agreement ...

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