Correspondent Moon Dae-hyeon = Japan’s proud ‘two-way’ Ohtani Shohei (29, Los Angeles Angels) is expected to join the World Baseball Team (WBC) national team somewhat later.
According to Japanese media such as Nikkan Sports on the 4th, Angels coach Phil Nevin said, “Ohtani will be with us at the beginning of spring camp. He will make one start before going to Japan.”
The Angels will start an exhibition game from the 26th. On the other hand, the Japanese national team will begin training in Miyazaki, Japan from the 17th, and according to coach Nevin, Ohtani will only be able to join the national team in March.
Meanwhile, the Japanese national team selected 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). 슬롯사이트
However, Darvishman decided to join the national team training early under an agreement with the club, and the rest are all available to join the national team in March.
Head coach Hideki Kuriyama of the Japanese national team expresses regret at the Major League (MLB) clubs that do not respond to the early call-up.
Coach Kuriyama said, “For the WBC to be a good tournament, it’s important for players to prepare for what they want to do.”