Nick Martinez (33), a teammate of Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres), chose to prepare for the regular season instead of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
On the 24th (Korean time), Dennis Lin, a reporter in charge of San Diego for the American media The Athletic, said, “Martinez, who was a member of the US baseball team, has decided not to participate in the WBC.”
Martinez was one of the key players in San Diego’s fall storm last year. He was active in Japanese professional baseball Nippon Ham Fighters and Softbank Hawks, and also participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and contributed to the runner-up of the US national team. 메이저사이트
Based on his successive performances, he succeeded in signing a contract with San Diego last year. He went 4-4 with 8 saves and 8 holds with an ERA of 3.47 while playing both starting and bullpen last year. He also contributed to San Diego advancing to the postseason as a wild card, defeating the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers to reach the National League Championship Series. He pitched an iron wall with an earned run average of 0.82 in 7 games and 11 innings.
Ahead of this season, joining the starting lineup is likely. However, as the big league selection experience is short, you must prepare and challenge hard to keep the full-time selection rotation. Martinez chose his team instead of the national team, judging that there would be setbacks if he digested the WBC, which was scheduled for a bullpen position, and entered the season.