“Baseball Genius” Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels) will join the Japanese national team early next month, about a week before the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic) Korea game.
Perry Minassian, general manager of the MLB (US Professional Baseball) Angels, said in an interview with local media such as MLB.com and the Associated Press on the 5th, “Ohtani played once in an exhibition game and left for Japan on March 1st to participate in the WBC. do,” he said.
Ohtani is expected to arrive in Japan around March 3 to prepare for the tournament. Japan will face off against Korea on the 10th after playing the first match in Group B of the first round against China on the 9th of next month.
The Japanese national team coordinated the schedule with the clubs of the players, making unconventional promises such as co-paying insurance premiums in case of player injury so that big leaguers can join the national team training early in February. As the WBC quarter-final tournament is held in Japan, he took off his feet to make the tournament a box office success.
However, it is said that they could not reach an agreement with the Angels club about Ohtani’s early joining. In the end, it is known that Ohtani will warm up at the team’s spring camp held at Diablo Stadium in Tampa, Arizona as scheduled, pitch in an exhibition game, and then move to Japan.
Ohtani is a baseball player representing Japan. Having won the unanimous American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 2021 as a pitcher, he left a surreal record of 15 wins (9 losses) and 34 home runs (95 RBIs) last season as well as a pitcher and hitter at the same time. Ohtani became the first player in MLB history to achieve a double-digit multiplier -30 home runs, and left an unprecedented milestone of filling both the pitcher’s innings (162 innings) and the batter’s at-bats (502 at-bats). 메이저놀이터
It has not yet been decided whether Ohtani will show off his two-time batting career in the WBC as well. The Associated Press said, “Ohtani’s WBC pitching career is entirely up to the Japanese national team and his own will.” It is unknown whether he will start the Korean game, but it seems that there is no problem with the appearance as he joined and warmed up about a week before the Korean game.
Ohtani played for Japan at the 2015 Premier12 when he was 21 years old. At that time, he started as a starting pitcher in Group B’s opening game against Korea and became the winning pitcher by tying up the Korean batting line with 2 hits, 10 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. In the semi-final against Korea again, the bullpen collapsed and they lost 3-4, but as a starter, they showed off a more destructive pitch with 1 hit, 11 strikeouts and no runs in 7 innings.