The Japanese baseball team, which will participate in the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC), which opens in March, had its first training session on the 17th at a camp in Miyazaki. Cloud crowds gathered for two consecutive days until the 18th, realizing the popularity of the Japanese national team, which is called ‘the strongest ever’. Japanese media Nikkan Sports said on the 19th, “On the 17th, the first day of training for the baseball team, 18,541 spectators flocked to the Miyazaki camp. On the 18th, 19,021 people visited the site.”
The Japanese national team, aiming for the championship, is regarded as the strongest team ever. While major leaguers Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres) and Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) lead the team, Munetaka Murakami (23, Yakult Swallows) and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who also achieved the best results last year in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) (25, Orix Buffaloes) and Sasaki Rocky (22, Chiba Lotte Marines).
Ohtani has not yet joined the national team due to the digestion of major league spring camp, but Darvish has digested the national team training from the first day, and as other key players also started training, Japanese baseball fans flocked to the Miyazaki camp. Nikkan Sports reported the local fever, saying, “There was a long line at the ‘Samurai Japan’ souvenir shop located in front of the baseball field.” 먹튀검증
It wasn’t just baseball fans who visited the site. As almost all the players representing Japanese baseball gathered, baseball officials from all over the world also appeared at the training ground en masse. Among them, the person who drew the most attention is, of course, Andrew Friedman, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sankei Sports reported, “President Friedman, who leads the Los Angeles Dodgers, a major league club, visited the national team’s training ground with three staff members.” In addition, major league club scouts have put pitcher Yamamoto and hitter Murakami, who hit 56 homers last year, on their interest list early on.
President Friedman said in an interview with the Japanese media, “Yamamoto is a player with great talent. Murakami did not hide his interest, saying, “Many major league clubs have already been watching for years.”