Age-Career is Darvish… Japan national team going without a ‘captain’, “I want all players to act like captains”

Age-Career is Darvish… Japan national team going without a ‘captain’, “I want all players to act like captains”

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japan national team, which formed the strongest power, started training at the Miyazaki Camp on the 17th. Of the 30 representative players, 26 people, excluding four from major league clubs, will join the team until the 27th. Of the five major league players, Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres) was the only one to participate. On the 25th and 26th, a practice match against the Softbank Hawks is scheduled at Miyazaki Sunmarine Stadium, the training ground.

Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama (61) said at a team meeting on the first day of convocation training that he would not have a captain. There was no captain even during the national team evaluation match held in November last year. He played 4 matches with the Nippon Ham Fighters, Yomiuri Giants and the Australian national team.

Samurai Japan is aiming for the championship for the first time in 14 years since 2009. Both the mound and attack are evaluated as the ‘strongest power’ ever. 청소년토토사이트 A generational change was made mainly for young players, and players in their early and mid-20s became the main focus. Only 9 out of 30 representative players are in their 30s. The atmosphere has changed a lot from the previous team.

Darvish, born in 1986, is the oldest. During the 2009 WBC, he pitched as a finishing pitcher in the final against Korea and confirmed the championship. He is the only player in the national team to have won the WBC championship.

It is the age and career that have no choice but to be the center of the team. As the ace of Nippon Ham, he boarded a plane to the United States in 2012 and won 95 wins (75 losses) in 11 years. One year before the end of his contract, at the age of 37, he renewed the contract for 6 years. He is a veteran who is looked up to by his juniors in the Japanese national team with awe.

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