One of the biggest concerns of the Japanese national team is the shortstop.
Japan is preparing the best members ahead of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March. The outfield was made up of all major leaguers, including Lars Nutba (St. Louis), a “second-generation player” whose mother is Japanese, Seiya Suzuki (Cubs), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston).
The starting lineup also includes pitchers who dominated NPB, such as Yu Darvish (San Diego) and Rocky Sasaki (Chiba Lotte). Japan is determined to restore the honor of the country that won the first championship in 2006 and the second in 2009.
However, I am worried about not having a shortstop. The “Nikkan Gendai” newspaper said on the 12th, “The shortstop position is Takumu Nakano (Hanshin) and Genta Imamiya (Softbank), except for Genda Sosuke (Seibu), who boasts an iron wall. It is a talent shortage. Genda has a problem with batting. There is. That’s why Sakamoto, who has a reputation for batting, is the one who harasses the national team coach Hideki Kuriyama.” 바카라사이트
Tatsunori Hara, Yomiuri coach, told the above media, “I was asked for a consultation from Coach Kuriyama, saying, ‘I am thinking about which player to add or not’.” .
Sakamoto is NPB’s best shortstop with extensive experience in international competitions, such as WBC in 2013 and 2017 and Premier 12 in 2015 and 2019, and is strong against hitting. However, in September of last year, in a weekly magazine, “A woman had Sakamoto’s child, but Sakamoto urged an abortion.”
At the time, the Yomiuri club wrapped up Sakamoto as “a matter that has been mutually agreed upon,” but public opinion is not favorable to Sakamoto. Sakamoto eventually gave up the Yomiuri captaincy after nine years. The above media said, “The national team needs to be supported by the people, but there are concerns about whether it is okay to select a man who turned women in the world into enemies.”
The above media said, “Even director Hara cannot strongly recommend letting Sakamoto go. Director Hara advised director Kuriyama, ‘When you are in trouble, it is better for the director to decide in the end. Follow your own decision'” and “This month I wonder if Sakamoto will be included in the final list of 30 players to be decided at the end of the year.”