The fateful rival Japan, which faces Korea in the first round of the WBC, announced the final list of 30 players.
Japan, which aims to be on top of the world, has included five major leaguers.
This is reporter Moon Young-gyu’s report.
Coach Kuriyama’s goal after deciding on 30 players for Japan after much thought was adamant.
[Kuriyama Hideki/Japan National Baseball Team Manager: “(Tell us what goals these players will challenge.) The best in the world. That’s all.”]
The reason why we are so confident right from the start is that five major leaguers are included.
In addition to Ohtani and Darvish, Yoshida, who signed a contract with Boston this season, Japanese-American Nutba, and Suzuki, the fourth hitter at the Tokyo Olympics, are the main characters.
Ohtani isn’t the only one to be wary of.
It consists of fastball pitchers who throw around 160 km/h, such as Tokyo Olympics starter Yamamoto and rookie Sasaki.
Murakami, who hit 56 home runs, a new Japanese home run record last season, is a threat to other players.
The average age is 27.3 years old, and it is evaluated that the generation change has been successful enough to be the youngest WBC Japanese team ever. 안전놀이터
However, 3 out of 5 outfielders are major leaguers, and it is unclear whether they will join the national training camp, which is why training disruptions are expected.
Also, the fact that the player base is getting younger and there is no leader like Ichiro in the past is analyzed as a weakness.
[Soundbite] Kuriyama Hideki/Japan National Baseball Team Manager: “(Specially) I didn’t try to pick young players. Winning is my mission, so I picked the players with the greatest potential to win.”]
Cuba, who has a chance to meet us in the quarterfinals. Also released a video after confirming the final list, including selecting Lewis Robert, the first American exile player.
This is KBS News Moon Yeong-gyu.