The Japanese baseball team participating in the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC) pays injury insurance money for major league players to join the camp.
Japanese media such as ‘Sports Hochi’ reported on the 1st that they had reached an agreement with the WBC Organizing Committee so that 5 major leaguers from the national team could join the national team’s Miyazaki camp starting on the 17th. This is a condition for the Nippon Baseball Organization (NPB) to pay insurance money in the event of an injury to a Major League player. At the league level, the 12 NPB clubs jointly bear the insurance money. 토토사이트
The WBC Organizing Committee has set March 4 as the official convening date for the Korean, Japanese, Australian, Chinese and Czech teams from Group B, which will play the first round at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. After an official evaluation match from March 5, the first round schedule will begin on the 9th. Major leaguers were allowed to join the team right before the start of the tournament.
The Japanese national team has pitchers Yu Darvish (San Diego), Shohei Otani (LA Angels), and outfielders Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Masataka Yoshida (Boston), and Lars Nuthba (St. Louis). All three of the main outfielders are overseas, so it is difficult for Japan to even play a practice game without these players. As a result, Japan has been negotiating for players to join early.
Darvish persuaded the club and decided to join the national team from the first day of camp, but the other four will go through discussions with their club. The sooner you join the camp, the higher the insurance premium.