So the Japanese players are willing to follow through on their vote authorizing a strike if the owners follow through with their plans to merge two teams, Orix and Kintetsu. The players have three demands, including suspending the proposed merger for one year, and if they are not met they claim they will strike.
The odd thing is that they will just stop playing for weekend games only, in order to, I guess, hit the owners as hard as they can without a full walkout. I would think that a full-out strike would be more effective, but consider what happened to Richie Phillips and the Umpires' union. Maybe a few more viewings of "Mr. Baseball" will help me decipher this inscrutable riddle.