Reporter Kim Kyung-yoon = Japanese baseball, which participates in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), has opened its wallet for the early joining of key players in the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB).
Japanese media such as Kyodo News said on the 1st, “The Japanese baseball team is discussing with the organizing committee of the tournament to join five players from the big leagues, including Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels), in February.” It will be paid,” he said.
“The insurance money is planned to be shared by the 12 Japanese professional baseball teams,” he said.
The WBC is an international competition hosted by the MLB Secretariat, and active MLB players can freely participate.
However, it is difficult for MLB players to participate in the national team’s spring camp due to opposition from their teams concerned about injury.
MLB players can join each national team from March 6, during the official competition period.
The timing of the players’ joining may change slightly depending on the decisions made by each team and the differences in players’ positions, but basically follow the schedule of joining the WBC national team right before the competition while digesting the spring camp training of the affiliated team.
In Korea, big leaguers such as Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Hyeon-soo Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) have been delayed to join the national team until March.
Japan starts battery training in preparation for the 2023 WBC in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan on the 17th of this month, and even came up with a plan to pay compensation in case of injury to wash away the concerns of MLB clubs.
There are a total of five Japanese big leaguers participating in the WBC, including Ohtani, Yu Darvish (San Diego, ideal pitcher), Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Las Nutba (St. Louis Cardinals), and Masataka Yoshida 안전놀이터.
Among them, Darvish announced through his social media that he would join the spring camp of the Japanese WBC national team.
Darvish, who has a wide presence in the team, seems to have directly persuaded his team, San Diego.