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Nomo Tosses Ball at Japanese Camera Crew

October 2, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hideo Nomo, who has had a sometimes testy relationship with Japanese media, threw a ball toward a Tokyo Broadcast Systems camera crew during a workout Tuesday in the Dodgers’ bullpen.

``A crew was behind the left-field fence watching him in the bullpen and he asked them to move,″ Dodgers spokesman Jay Lucas said Wednesday. ``The crew was in an off-limits area, shooting through the bullpen gates. He asked them to move, twice, they didn’t move.

``He tossed a ball toward the crew harmlessly, with no intent to hurt anyone, so they would know to move. When the ball bounced over (the fence) to them, they moved out of the area they were not supposed to be in. From what I heard, they weren’t upset.″

However, members of the Japanese media told USA Today that Nomo clearly was annoyed, and his intent was not light-hearted.

Koji Sasada of the broadcast crew told USA Today no grievance will be filed.

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