The power of the Japanese national team in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) is expected to be further strengthened. Major League rookie Masataka Yoshida (30, Boston Red Sox) joined the national team.
On the 5th, Japanese local media ‘Sports Hochi’ reported the news of Yoshida’s joining the Japanese national team, citing the words of Japanese national team coach Hideki Kuriyama.
Yoshida, the third hitter of the Japanese national team, boasts a sophisticated hitting sense to the extent that he is called a ‘batting machine’. He played in 762 matches of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), with a batting average of 0.327 (884 hits in 2703 bats), 133 home runs, 467 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.960.
Later, ahead of the 2023 season, he signed a 5-year, 90 million dollar 메이저놀이터 (approximately 118.5 billion won) posting contract with the Boston Red Sox, fulfilling his long-standing dream of entering the big leagues.
With Yoshida ahead of his first season in the major leagues, there were many question marks about joining the WBC national team, but with the strong will of his player and the cooperation of the Boston club, the team was selected.
Coach Kurayama said, “I thought it would be a nuisance (for the first challenge in the major leagues), but after talking a lot with the player himself, I decided to participate. I asked him to join the national team as soon as possible.” Explained.
With Yoshida joining, Japan further strengthened its military power. Starting with veteran pitcher Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres) already playing in the major leagues, pitching star Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels), outfielder Seiya Suzuki (29, Chicago Cubs), Japanese-American Lars Nuthba (26, St. Louis Cardinals), etc. He expressed his intention to join.
In addition, promising players such as Munetaka Murakami (23, Yakult Swallows), who hit 56 homers last year in his home league, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and Roki Sasaki (22, Chiba Lotte Giants), who completed a perfect game, joined the WBC with the best lineup. challenge to win