Yamamoto Yoshinobu (25, Orix Buffaloes), who won the “Pitcher’s Four Crowns” for two consecutive years, Sasaki Loki (22, Chiba Lotte Marines),스포츠토토 the youngest protagonist of the “Perfect Game,” and Murakami Munetaka (23, Yakult) who hit “56 home runs” Swallows), the Miyazaki Camp of the Japan National Baseball Team is a gathering place for future major league players.
Yamamoto, who has been in his 7th year as a pro, is planning to challenge the major leagues through the posting system after this season is over. At the end of last year, he concluded discussions with his team, Orix. There were reports that if he had gone to the major leagues last winter, he would have been able to make up to $180 million over six years. The average annual salary is $30 million, which is the same as Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) and Yu Darvish (37).
Even though Murakami was not a free agent (FA), he signed a three-year, multi-year contract. A player who spent four full-time years receiving an annual salary of 600 million yen, a total of 1.8 billion yen. This is an unconventional condition that corresponds to the third highest annual salary in all Japanese professional baseball leagues. Three years later, he booked a trip to the United States through the posting system. After the age of 25, when the limit on posting amount disappears, he pushes for the major league. It is a matter that has been discussed with the club.
Sasaki throws a fastball with a top speed of 164 km/h. Currently, he is the most notable pitcher in Japanese professional baseball. Sasaki’s ultimate goal is, of course, the major leagues. On the 18th, he recorded the bullpen pitching scene of Darvish, the ‘great senior’, on his cell phone.
Four officials from the Los Angeles Dodgers, including Andrew Friedman, president of the operating division, visited the Miyazaki Japan national team camp on the 18th. He arrived on the 17th, when the Japanese national team started training, and is said to stay until the 19th.
The Dodgers’ spring camp in Glendale, Arizona has begun, and there is a reason why they visited Miyazaki, Japan. It is to directly check the players who are expected to advance to the major leagues, including Yamamoto. Los Angeles Dodgers Pacific Rim scouting team leader John Dibble accompanied President Friedman.
Japanese media reported that Los Angeles Dodgers officials observed both pitcher and fielder training and filmed the practice scenes of each player.
President Friedman said, “It is rare to see such talented players gathered in one place.
The Japanese national team will participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) with the strongest power acknowledged by President Friedman. They set their goal to win the championship 14 years after the second tournament in 2009. In particular, Darvish, Ohtani, Yamamoto , The pitching power composed of Sasaki and others is evaluated to be the best among the 20 participating teams.
“The Japanese national team has many players with excellent talent who can play an active role in the major leagues,” Friedman said, “if possible, I would like to wear a Dodgers uniform.”
“Big hand” Los Angeles Dodgers has aggressively recruited external players every year. Every time a Japanese player came out, they appeared without fail. It is inevitable that attention will be focused on
Yamamoto, who is about to go to the US this winter. President Friedman knows Yamamoto well . He said, “I will prepare to recruit when the post is decided.”
When the story of Murakimi came out, he said, “I heard that the third base defense is improving. He said, “He’s a very interesting player,” and revealed that he continues to keep an eye on Sasaki.
Officials from the Los Angeles Dodgers said Darvish, Hiromi Ito (Nippon Ham Fighters), Shota Imanaga (Yokohama Baystars), Shosei Dogo (Yomiuri Giants), and Ah Yuasa I carefully watched the relief pitching of six pitchers, including Tsuki (Hanshin Tigers) and Hiroya Miyagi (Orix).President Friedman has a relationship with a Japanese player. While he was general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, he signed infielder Akinori Iwamura. After he moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he acquired Kenta Maeda (now Minnesota Twins) and Darvish from the Texas Rangers during the 2017 season.