Los Angeles Angels pitching star Shohei Ohtani has left for the United States.
On the 14th (Korean time), Ohtani posted a few photos and a short message on her SNS. Ohtani wrote “Goodbye Japan, Hello US” on social media and posted photos of the night view and in-flight meal taken on the plane. It was my first social media post this year.
Ohtani, who returned to Japan in October of last year after finishing the 2022 season 먹튀검증, left for the United States again in three months for personal training and preparation for this season. Ohtani, who first crossed the Pacific Ocean to join the Angels in 2018, will qualify for his first free agency after completing this season.
Many teams are aiming for Ohtani because this year, which may be his last season with the Angels, is low on Ohtani trade. However, there are opinions that Ohtani will not be traded during the season to increase the sale amount while the Angels are selling the club.
Ohtani is expected to join the Japanese national team in time for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March after participating in the Angels’ spring camp in Arizona, the United States on the 14th of next month while undergoing individual training in the United States.
Some predicted that starting with Yu Darvish (San Diego), Ohtani, and Seiya Suzuki (Cubs) would join the Miyazaki Japanese national team training camp starting on the 17th of next month, but judging from the time Ohtani went to the United States, the team’s spring camp are likely to participate in
Japan, like Korea, is in Group B, so they will meet in the preliminary round. While Ohtani is expected not to play as a starting pitcher due to shoulder protection and pitch restrictions, there is also a prediction that he will come out as a hitter and finisher in the match against Korea.
On the other hand, when the news of Ohtani’s trip to the United States became known through social media, many fans sent a lot of support such as “Take care of your body and do your best at the WBC”, “Please run healthy again”, “Please make your heart flutter in 2023”.