Junior pitchers clucked their tongues at Darvish Yu (San Diego Padres)’s first bullpen pitch after joining the Japanese national team.
According to Japanese media, Darvish pitched in the bullpen during the Japanese national team training camp in Miyazaki, Japan on the 18th. On this day, he checked his condition by throwing a total of 35 balls.
Many of Japan’s pitchers moved behind catcher Takuya Guy to watch Darvish throw from the bullpen.
All of them responded with ‘surprising’. Nikkan Sports said, “Loki Sasaki (Chiba Lotte Marines) took out his mobile phone and filmed Darvish’s bullpen pitching scene.” Rocky Sasaki is a fastball pitcher who is considered the next-generation ace with a record of 9 wins, 4 losses and an ERA of 2.02 in 20 games, including the youngest perfect game (20 years, 5 months) in Japan last year. Sasaki said, “All of the breaking pitches were amazing. So I recorded them.”
Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes), who won the Sawamura Award for the second year in a row, said, “It was really great, and the slider was amazing. From any angle, I can only say it’s amazing.” Togo Shosei (Yomiuri Giants), born in 2000, said, “It’s an amazing pitch. I was excited.” Ryoji Kuribayashi (Hiroshima Toyo Carp) said, “I only watched three pitches, but I felt that the home plate was close.” 토토사이트
Catcher Guy, who received the ball thrown by Darvish, said, “All the balls were great. It was a ball I had never received before. I was impressed.” Shota Imanaga (Yokohama DeNA), who pitched alongside Darvish in the bullpen, laughed and said, “The pitch and pitching are amazing. Why did we throw together?”
Japan, aiming to regain the top spot in this tournament, selected a total of five big leaguers for the national team. Among them, Darvishman joined the Japanese national team early with the permission of his team, San Diego. Four people, including Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), were unable to join early due to opposition from their team. This is part of Darvish’s strong desire to compete in the WBC tournament, along with his status in the MLB. Darvish arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on the 14th.
Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama was satisfied, saying, “He said he would come to the camp in good shape, and it feels so.”
Darvish went 16-8 with an ERA of 3.10 last year. Earlier this month, he joined the Japanese national team with a light heart after signing a six-year, $108 million (140.4 billion won) contract extension.