Darvish Yu (37, San Diego Padres) returned to Korea on the 14th to join the Japanese team training for the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic). 메이저사이트Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, joined the training of his country’s national team early without going to the team’s spring training camp, even though he is a major league player. Japan starts training in Miyazaki on the 17th, and four other Japanese big leaguers, including Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), will participate in training for their team first and return to Japan next month.
Darvish recently signed a six-year, $108 million contract extension with the Padres. His multi-year contract of more than 5 years at the age of 37 is a rare case in the major leagues. In an interview with Japanese media, Darvish said, “Since I signed a six-year contract with the Padres, there is a possibility of participating in the next WBC.” He said, “(Because I joined the national team with the team’s permission) If you get injured here, the relationship of trust collapses. I will train while matching the pace,” he said. “I never came here to teach other players, and I want to improve my skills by sharing information with each other.”
Darvish, the eldest in the Japanese national team, is likely to start the second round of the group stage against Korea on the 10th of next month. Japan’s Nikkan Sports said, “Shohei Otani is likely to be the starting pitcher for the first match against China and Darvish for the match against Korea.
Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama participated in a baseball class at the end of last year, and he told a child who was hesitant about which game to watch in the WBC group stage, “The Korean game is the most important.” He said, “The Korean match will be a close match, so I will fight hard.”