Japanese pitcher Senga Godai, who played for Softbank in Japanese professional baseball before making a new nest with New York Mets in the American professional baseball major league, decided not to participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). His team, the Mets, welcomed Senga’s decision not to compete in the WBC.
Japanese sports newspaper Sports Nippon reported the remarks of Mets general manager Billy Eppler on the 2nd. According to the media, director Eppler expressed his gratitude towards Senga, saying, “I felt that he took into consideration the adaptation to the new environment as much as possible.” 먹튀검증
Originally, Senga was excluded from the final 30-man roster of the Japanese baseball team. However, Senga’s willingness to participate was strong, and Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama even planned to have Senga join the roster at a later date. However, as Senga decided to focus on preparing for his first major league season, he decided not to play for the WBC. He announced this on his SNS.
Sports Nippon said, “Senga himself was looking for a way to participate in the WBC, but national team coach Hideki decided not to convene considering that it was the first year of his transfer to the United States.”
Regarding this process, general manager Eppler said, “Senga consulted with older players to seek their opinions.”
The Japanese national team aims to win the WBC tournament this year. Five major leaguers were named: Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), Yu Darvish (San Diego), Seiya Suzuki (Chicago), Masataka Yoshida (Boston), and Las Nutba (St. Louis).