Head coach Hideki Kuriyama of the Japanese baseball team, who won the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic), revealed his strong convictions. According to major Japanese media reports on the 27th, coach Kuriyama held a press conference at the Tokyo Press Center that day and talked about his feelings after finishing the WBC.
Coach Kuriyama was the first to speak bitterly about the way major leaguers are recruited. In this WBC, major league clubs were more cooperative than ever before. Even with the selection of key players, if there was no injury history, they gave ‘OK’. This is also the case in Japan, so active major leaguers such as Yu Darvish (San Diego), Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), Masataka Yoshida (Boston), and Lars Nutba (St. Louis) were able to participate.
However, major leaguers cannot be called up quickly due to MLB rules. After training and practice matches for their respective teams, they only participated in two official WBC practice matches, and immediately entered the main tournament. In the case of the Japanese national team, Darvish is a veteran player, so San Diego allowed him to join him especially quickly, but he only played one game in the actual game. Ha-seong Kim, also from San Diego, joined the national team at the end of February and was only able to play in two official evaluation matches held in Osaka.
Coach Kuriyama said,토토사이트 “Darvish was never able to play practice matches due to regulations. He only went to the evaluation match against the Chunichi Dragons, and then immediately started the match against Korea. Personally, I felt sorry. He appealed, “If it is operated like this again in the future, will major leaguers be able to participate in the WBC? I thoroughly asked MLB for opinions related to this.”
Coach Kuriyama also said, “It is difficult for players playing in the major leagues to participate in the WBC in this state. Fans are likely to lose interest because they can only fight one-on-one. There are various problems such as insurance, but improvements in this area will be made in the future. is absolutely necessary,” he said.