Team USA is too noisy!” Explosion of dissatisfaction in Japan due to restrictions on Ohtani appointment, is it possible to double as WBC?
Voices of dissatisfaction are emerging in Japan over the technique of Shohei Otani (29) of the Los Angeles Angels, who is participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
On the 19th, the Chunichi Shimbun, 카지노a Japanese media outlet, said, “Talent Hiroshi Sekiguchi expressed his thoughts on the Angels, who are restricting Ohtani’s appointment, by saying, ‘The American team is really noisy’ on the TV program ‘Sunday Morning’, which is in charge of MC.” .
Japan, which is trying to win the WBC for the first time in 14 years since 2009, has major league players such as Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Yu Darvish (San Diego), Seiya Suzuki (Cubs), Masataka Yoshida (Boston), and Lars Nuthba (St. Louis). Joining the national team is raising expectations. In particular, expectations are high for Ohtani, who won the American League MVP unanimously in 2021 and also ranked second in the MVP vote last year.
However, there is no guarantee that Ohtani will be able to perform as expected in the WBC. This is because the news came that the Angels, the affiliated team, had severely restricted the number of pitches Ohtani had. As a hitter, he can go out as a designated hitter, but it is unclear whether he will be able to double as a pitcher.
Sekiguchi talked about the WBC with Akinori Iwamura, who also played in the major leagues and contributed to his second straight WBC title. Iwamura pointed out the WBC point, saying, “I think the most important thing is communication and jet lag for major league players, including Nutba.”
When asked if he would see Ohtani double-hit at the WBC, Iwamura said, “I’ll probably start out as a designated hitter. Since the Angels also have to think of a pitcher for the opening game, it seems that the club and the Japanese national team discussed the appointment of Ohtani. He replied, “There will also be games where he makes a mound during the WBC.” Then Sekiguchi said, “American teams are really noisy. Please let me do it freely,” he raised his voice. Iwamura also said, “There are difficult parts.”
The WBC is the only international baseball tournament in which major league players can compete. However, criticism came out every time that the participation and use of players was limited. Also in this tournament, Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) failed to participate in the U.S. national team due to insurance issues, and all of the major league players participating in the Korean and Japanese national teams joined the national team early except for Darvish