Japan’s WBC national team, including 5 major leaguers… Best rating ever

The final 30 entries for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team in Japan, which is evaluated as ‘the strongest power ever’, have been virtually confirmed.

Japanese media such as Nikkan Sports and Daily Sports reported on the 15th that “18 WBC representative players have been tentatively appointed to (additionally) board the Samurai Japan (the Japanese baseball team’s nickname).” On the 6th, Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama first announced 12 of the 30 finalists who will participate in the WBC. The 18 players who were newly revealed through the media on the 15th are unofficial players. The final entry was scheduled to be announced at the end of this month, but the list of players announced by the national team to each club was first released through the media.

The most notable player is Lars Nuthbah, an outfielder for St. Louis in the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB). With Nutba, who was born to a Japanese mother and an American father, the Japanese national team can fill all three outfield positions with major leaguers. While Nutba’s appointment as center fielder is likely, Yoshida Masataka, who signed a contract with MLB Boston through the posting system (private competitive bidding) in December last year, will play in left field. Suzuki Seya (Chicago Cubs), who was named on the list of 12 confirmed players earlier this year, is likely to play right field.

While Munetaka Murakami (Yakult), who won three batting titles (batting average, home run, RBI), the youngest ever in Japanese professional baseball history, including 56 homers last season, is already on board, Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult), 안전놀이터 who was particularly strong in the game against Korea, is also a nominee. was put on the list. Yamada pulled a come-from-behind final home run from Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) during the 2019 Premier12 finals, and in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics semi-finals, he swept three RBIs and doubles against Go Woo-seok (LG) in the 8th inning. If Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), who doubles as a pitcher, participates as the designated hitter, it is expected that the Japanese batting line will gain more weight.

Japan deserves to be evaluated as the best pitching team ever. Two major leaguers, Ohtani and Darubish Yu (San Diego), formed a one-two punch, and in April of last year, Rocky Sasaki (Lotte), who completed the youngest ever perfect game in Japanese baseball history, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix), who won five pitchers for two consecutive years supports the back Among the nominees, Hiroto Takahashi (Chunichi), who throws a fast ball with a maximum speed of 158 km/h, draws attention. The Japanese national team has a total of five major leaguers.

Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri), who played as the main shortstop for the Japanese national team from the WBC in 2013, and pitcher Senga Godai, who transferred to the MLB New York Mets in December last year, were excluded from the 30-man list. Sakamoto, who only played 83 games last year due to a series of injuries, was eventually dropped due to a female scandal.

Japan is in Group B with Korea, Australia, Czech Republic and China in the first round of this year’s WBC. Sookmyung’s Korea-Japan match will be held at Tokyo Dome, Japan at 7:00 pm on March 10th.

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