2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels), the signboard of the Japanese baseball team, arrived in Japan on a chartered plane.
On the 1st, Ohtani boarded a chartered plane from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan that night.
According to Japanese media such as Sports Nippon and Daily Sports, Ohtani appeared at Haneda Airport a little after 10:00 pm on the same day, and a large crowd gathered at the airport, including 20 cameras and 70 reporters. Police and bodyguards were deployed for safety.
It is known that the cost of boarding the charter plane Ohtani used that day was at least 10 million yen (approximately 96.6 million won) on a one-way basis. 메이저사이트
Ohtani plans to improve her physical condition by participating in the Japanese national team training held at the Nagoya Dome on the 2nd. Then, the Japanese national team will confirm the sense of conceding through a practice game against Chunichi Dragons on the 3rd.
Ohtani entered the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) in 2018 and has been working as a pitcher and recording the best results. He was named the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2021, and last year as a pitcher, he went 15-9 with an earned run average of 2.33 in 28 games. He played 157 games as a hitter and made a big success with a batting average of 0.273, 34 homers and 95 RBIs.
On the 1st, just before returning to Japan, he started in an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics, pitched 2 1/3 innings, walked 2, struck out 2 and gave up no runs, recording a maximum speed of 158 km.
However, it is not yet known whether the pitcher and hitter will be combined in this tournament. The affiliated team, the Angels, announced that they would allow Ohtani to double as a pitcher.
Meanwhile, Japan will play the first round of Group B round 1 against China at the Tokyo Dome in the WBC finals on the 9th. The Korea-Japan match will be held at the same place on the 10th at 7pm.