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Wednesday, 5th December 2012
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Japanese baseball star penalised for performance

It's no secret that Japanese baseball players are rewarded handsomely for their sporting prowess but it seems that their pay cheques are dependent on giving a good performance.

Yomiruri Giants star Michihiro Ogasawara is the latest man on the field to be penalised for his below par playing in recent games.

The player has been given a HK$ 34.1 million pay cut to take his pay packet to 70 million yen.

He suggested that despite his deflated salary he is satisfied with the fact that he has been able to continue to compete.

"I feel contented that I was allowed to sign a contract after all. I am determined to work hard next season. It's like starting from zero," he said.

During his career, Ogasawara has won many accolades including the 2006 Pacific League Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2007 Central League MVP award. He is also a two-time Japan Series Champion, winning the title in both 2006 and 2009.

Written by Graham McPherson