Former major leaguer and 150km pitcher… What is the final roster for the Hangzhou AG Japan national team?

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 A former major leaguer with solid pitching skills. And even the young Yasujin. The final entry for the Japanese baseball team, which will be Ryu Joong-il-ho’s biggest rival, has been confirmed.스포츠토토

The All Japan Baseball Association announced the final entry for the 24-man Japanese baseball team to participate in the Asian Games in Hangzhou on the 9th. Japan is the opponent that the Korean baseball team led by coach Ryu Joong-il should be most wary of.

Unlike Korea, where most of the players are professional, Japan has only amateur players. But you can never ignore it. All of them are social baseball players, but in reality, they should be seen as players on the unemployment team belonging to a company. Most of them played as baseball players in high school and college, so the level is quite high. Coaching staff, including coach Joong-il Ryu and Chairman Gye-hyeon Cho, recently went to Japan and watched the actual performance of major players in unemployment baseball, and worried that “Japan’s power seems to be several times stronger than in the previous Asian Games.” It is evaluated that the players of the business team, especially the pitching ability, are very good.

The Japanese national team is led by former Tokyo Gas coach Akio Ishii. Manager Ishii is probably a famous figure in the baseball world who led the Japanese national team during the 2018 Jakarta tournament.

Looking at the final entry in Japan, the most notable name is pitcher Junichi Tazawa. Born in 1986, after graduating from high school, Dazawa signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox and went straight to the major leagues, a rare case in Japan at the time. He is also a party to the ‘Tazawa Rule’, which applies a grace period of 2 to 3 years when an amateur player goes abroad without going through Japanese professional baseball.

Dazawa recorded 21 wins, 26 losses, 89 holds, 4 saves and an average ERA of 4.12 in 388 major league games while playing for Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles Angels. He couldn’t find a new team in the major leagues and hoped for a draft in Japan Pro Baseball, but eventually failed. Afterwards, he went through Taiwanese Pro Baseball and Japan Independent League and last year played in the Mexican League. He is currently active as a baseball player, a member of society belonging to ‘ENEOS’. As a veteran pitcher with a variety of experiences, he is expected to add strength to his national team.

The expected ‘ace’ is Shuichiro Kayo from ‘Toyota Motors’. Gayo, a right-handed pitcher born in 1995 from Okinawa, drew attention as he was selected as the winner of the ‘Hashito Award’, the MVP, along with his team Toyota Motors’ victory in this year’s Intercity Baseball Tournament. Gayo is a professional baseball player, but he is famous for throwing fastballs that travel over 150 km. His personal best speed is 152 km. He won two complete games in inter-city competitions, and showed his best performance in the final by pitching 7 innings and 1 run.

Gayo’s teammate, another right-handed pitcher from Toyota, Katsutoshi Satake, is also a veteran to watch. He was born in 1983 and is quite 40 years old, but he only went to the Asian Games twice and has won the ‘Best Player’ award in various national baseball competitions over the past 10 years. In his prime, he threw a ball as fast as 150 km, but now his speed has decreased, but his control is evaluated as very good. He is called the top star of Japanese society, baseball.

Among the batters, the name of Kohei Sasagawa, the giant of ‘Tokyo Gas’, stands out. Sasagawa was born in 1994 and is a member of the youth national team. As soon as he joined from Tokyo Gas, he is in charge of hitting number 4, and he is a power-hitter type right-handed hitter. He is called the best slugger in Japanese society, baseball.

He is also a hitter to keep an eye on outfielder Motoki Mukoyama belonging to ‘NTT East Japan’. Batters are expected to form a new structure with experienced veteran players and young players in their 20s.

From August 15th to 18th, the Japanese national team will conduct a training camp in Kagoshima to get their hands together, and from September 25th to 27th, they will go to Hangzhou after training again in Japan.

Looking at the player’s career alone, the Korean national team, which is made up of professional players, is the most advanced. However, in this tournament, variables can exist as the team was built around players in their early and mid-20s. In that respect, Japan is the target that Ryu Joong-il-ho should be most wary of. In particular, there is a possibility of being hit by veteran players with a lot of experience, so you should not relax.

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