Japan’s WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team confirmed the final list of 30 players. The Japanese media paid attention to the fact that the average age of this national team is 27.3 years old, the youngest among WBC history.
If so, Japan’s head coach Hideki Kuriyama thought about the future of baseball in Japan and made this decision because he wanted to show young players a bigger stage and give them a chance to play in the major leagues. Coach Kuriyama responded to the saying, ‘The average age is the lowest among the WBC national teams so far’.
He said, “Of course, if it’s the same power, I think we need a young player who can ride the atmosphere better or give us the power of ‘plus alpha’. But I’ve never thought ‘I have to pick a young player’.”
A brief explanation follows.
“My job is to win anyway. I tried to pick the players who could win the most. I just thought about what pitcher would be good in this situation and what fielder would be needed in this situation. I didn’t bother to pick a young player.”
The bottom line is that I saw these players as outstanding. The Japanese national team this time is mainly composed of players born in the 1990s. Darvish Yu (San Diego, born in 1986) is the only player born in the 1980s. On the other hand, coach Kuriyama said about his determination to participate in the tournament, “I believe in the spirit of Japanese baseball. I believe that the players will definitely show it at the baseball field. I will do my best to make Japanese fans think that I watched the game well.” 메이저사이트
Players born after the 2000s are Munetaka Murakami (Yakult, born in 2000), Shousei Dogo (Yomiuri, born in 2000), Loki Sasaki (Chiba Lotte, born in 2001), Hiroya Miyagi (Orix, born in 2001), and Hiroto Takahashi (Chunichi, born in 2002). All 5 people.