“It’s difficult, but I’m joining the national team early.” Darvish, leader of the Japanese national team, has a unique presence and status

Hoon Jang (83), a ‘Legend’ of Japanese professional baseball, recently appeared on a Japanese TV program and claimed, “There is no leader like Ichiro in this national team.” He regretted that there was no charismatic player like Ichiro 스포츠토토 Suzuki (50), who was the focal point when he won the World Baseball Classic (WBC) 1 or 2 times in a row.

It seems that veteran Darvish Yu (37, San Diego Padres) was overlooked.

Darvish said he would participate from the first day of the training camp for the Japanese national team. On the 31st, he posted on his Twitter, ‘I’m going to camp in Miyazaki from the first day’. While it was unclear whether major league players would join the camp, it was clearly organized.

From February 17th to the 27th, the Japanese national team will hold a training camp at Miyazaki Sunmarine Stadium in Kyushu. During this period, two practice games are scheduled against the Softbank Hawks. After the camp, they move to Nagoya and Osaka to play a total of four evaluation matches against the Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes before starting the first round of the WBC. For the national team to succeed, it is also necessary for major league players to participate.

The Nippon Baseball Organization (NPB) announced that major league players such as Shohei Otani (29, LA Angels), Seiya Suzuki (29, Chicago Cubs), Masataka Yoshida (30, Boston Red Sox), and Lars Nuthba (26, St. Louis Cardinals) were early players. I have been discussing with the Major League Secretariat to join. It doesn’t seem easy.

Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama (61) recently told the Japanese media, “We are considering the situation where major league players cannot join early.”

The Major League Secretariat, which oversees the WBC, is negative about joining the national team early. The players played 3-4 demonstration games at their team’s spring camp, and set the direction to participate in their national team in early March, just before the opening of the tournament.

Darvish said, “It is true that it is difficult. As a veteran player, I asked for the club’s understanding.” It is a remark that gives a glimpse of his status within the team.


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