Shohei Otani (29, Los Angeles Angels), who will serve as the pitching pillar of the Japanese baseball team at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held next month, is expected to join the national team late.
Nikkan Sports, a Japanese sports magazine, said in an online article on the 4th that Angels manager 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 coach Nevin’s idea, 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.
Angels pitchers and catchers will gather at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, USA on the 16th of this month to start spring training and play an exhibition game from the 26th.
Ohtani is expected to pitch in the exhibition game and move to Japan to join the national team.
The Angels team has 13 to 14 players participating in the WBC, and as a coach, he wants to keep them in the team as much as possible in order to raise organizational power before the tournament.
Among the final entries (30 players) of the Japanese national team, Ohtani, pitcher Yu Darvish (San Diego Padres), outfielders Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Lars Nutba (St. Louis Cardinals), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) are five.
Among them, only Darvishman, who has built trust by playing in the big leagues for a long time, receives permission from the club and participates in the first training of the Japanese national team. 온라인카지노
The other four players are more likely to warm up first at their team’s spring camp and then move to the national team in early March.
The 12 Japanese professional baseball teams want to join the national team early enough to pay insurance money for big leaguers’ injuries during training, but the reality is not easy.