It is difficult to see it as great luck, but it seems that Korea will follow a bit of luck in the schedule.
It seems highly likely that Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels) will join the Japanese national team late in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held next month.
Nikkan Sports, a Japanese sports magazine, said in an online article on the 4th that Angels coach Phil Nevin appeared on a radio broadcast of MLB Network and said, “Ohtani will be with our team at the beginning of spring camp and will make one start before going to Japan.” told
According to the schedule, Ohtani will not be able to participate in the joint training of the Japanese national team, which starts on the 17th in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. It’s not just Ohtani. It seems impossible for other Japanese major leaguers to join the Japanese national team training early.
Currently, there are 14 players participating in the WBC from the Angels club. Like football, baseball is a team sport. However, if the players fall out at the same time, the meaning of the demonstration game will be lost. Also, the conception of the season is also disrupted.
Therefore, the Angels club is trying to train the players in the team as much as possible. It is no different for other teams. Other clubs also have no intention of sending the WBC national team early. Among the final entries (30 players) of the Japanese national team, there are five big leaguers including Ohtani, pitcher Yu Darvish (San Diego Padres), outfielders Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Lars Nutba (St. Louis Cardinals), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox). .
However, among them, Ohtani is somewhat exceptional. He was scheduled to join the Japanese national team from their first training session. He has a lot of trust from the Angels club, and the Angels club respects Ohtani’s intentions. But the reality is not so rosy. Angels pitchers and catchers will gather at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, USA on the 16th of this month to start training for spring training. And from February 26th, we will play an exhibition game. Local media predict that there is a high possibility that Ohtani will appear in one of the games on the 26th, 27th, and 28th, pitch lightly, and go to Japan.
The other four major league players are likely to move to the Japanese national team in early March after completing spring camp and playing some exhibition games. 스포츠토토
Of course, this also affects Korea. Kim Ha-seong and Hyeon-su Edman are the main players of the Korean national team. However, given that Japan has more big leaguers than Korea, Japan is paying more attention to the schedule.