Three Major League outfielders joined early, virtually misfired, only one outfielder left for the Japanese national team, can the evaluation match be done properly?
“Why can’t I participate in the national team evaluation match to be held in Japan when I can participate in the demonstration game?”
It seems likely that Japanese major league players will not join the national team early. With five major league players missing, the possibility of an evaluation match is increasing. Japanese baseball team coach Hideki Kuriyama (61) said on the 28th, “We are still negotiating. We are preparing even if it does not work.” It is explained that the Japan Baseball Organization (NPB) is discussing this issue with the Major League (MLB) secretariat, but there is no progress.
Lee Kang-cheol, head coach of the Korean national team, has already announced that major league players such as Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (28, St. Coach Lee said, “Ha-sung Kim is expected to play four games for his team.”
Regarding the timing of joining major league players, a temperature difference between Korea and Japan is felt. Coach Kuriyama expressed dissatisfaction with the one-sided guidelines of the MLB Secretariat, saying, “We have to follow the rules of the tournament, but to have the best tournament, it is important to allow the players to prepare as they want. I will definitely talk about it for the future.” I have no choice but to pay attention to the camp training conducted in my country and the box office before the evaluation.
The Japanese national team will conduct camp training in Miyazaki, Kyushu from February 17th to 27th. During this period, two warm-up games are scheduled against Softbank Hawks at Miyazaki Sunmarine Stadium. After that, they will move to Nagoya and have two consecutive matches with the Chunichi Dragons. The Group B stage of the first round of the tournament, which includes Korea and Japan, will start on March 9th. 스포츠토토
The best preparation scenario is for all 30 national players to start a training camp and improve their physical condition through practice games before participating in the competition. Due to the nature of the baseball game, it takes time to get in sync. but currently
Looking at the trend, there is a high possibility that this idea will fail.
The Japanese national team aimed to win the championship for the first time in 14 years since the second tournament in 2009. Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels), Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres), Seiya Suzuki (29, Chicago Cubs), and Japanese-American outfielder Lars Nuthba (26, St. Louis) joined to build the strongest force ever. Interest in the national team is hotter than ever.
Ohtani is participating in the WBC for the first time, and Darvish is participating in 14 years since the 2009 tournament. Since the two players have not played in a game held in Japan since advancing to the major leagues, expectations for box office success are very high.
An awkward situation may arise if major league players are delayed in joining. Three outfielders, including Suzuki, Nutba, and Masataka Yoshida (29, Boston Red Sox), are major league players. Excluding them, only one professional outfielder, Kensuke Kondo (30, Softbank), remains. Even including infielder Shuto Ukyo (27, Softbank) who can defend the outfield, there are only two outfielders.