2023 WBC All-Star announcement, Korea unfortunately ‘0’… Japan 2 – Taiwan 1
The 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) competition ended with Japan winning. An all-star team was also unveiled, including players who splendidly embellished this tournament.
The World Baseball Classic Organizing Committee (WBCI) selected and revealed all-star players by position through its official SNS account after the final between Japan and the United States ended with Japan’s victory on the 22nd (Korean time).
The Japanese baseball team won 3-2 in the final match against the U.S. baseball team held at Londippo Park in Miami, Florida, on the same day. In the ninth inning, when the team was ahead 3-2, Ohtani, who was active as the designated hitter on the day, showed ‘Manga Baseball’ in which he took the mound as a closer and held the championship trophy in his arms.
With this, Japan won all 7 matches from the first round of this tournament and rose to the top. Japan, which won the first championship in 2006 and the second championship in 2009, won the championship in 14 years.
Previously, Japan reached the semifinals in both the 2013 tournament (Dominican Republic championship) and the 2017 tournament (USA championship), but lost to Puerto Rico (1-3 loss) and the United States (1-2 loss), respectively. However, incisiveness, they finally regained the top spot in this competition.
The WBCI selected Ohtani as the MVP of the tournament immediately after winning Japan. Ohtani played in 7 games as a hitter in this tournament, recording a batting average of 0.435, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 9 runs, 1 stolen base, on-base percentage of 0.606, slugging percentage of 0.739, and OPS of 1.345. He pitched in three games (two starts) as a pitcher, going 2-0 with 1 save, striking out 11 and posting an earned run average of 1.86.
Ohtani earned two positions on the All-Star team as well as MVP. He was the pitcher and designated hitter positions.
Ohtani started as designated hitter three times in the final against the United States. Then, as the team took the lead midway through the game, he began warming up by going back and forth to the bullpen and the dugout. In the end, in the top of the 9th inning, when the team was leading 3-2, he became a closer, deleted one inning, and roared.
In particular, the scene where he faced Mike Trout, the best batter and teammate in the major leagues, in a situation where there were no runners after two outs was like a movie. In the end, Ohtani struck out Trout on a swing and wrote a spectacular finale. It was a dramatic moment that it would not be an exaggeration to say that it was the best scene in all WBC tournaments. 메이저사이트
In addition, Mexico’s Patrick Sandoval and Cuba’s bullpen pitcher Miguel Romero, who played well in the semifinal against Japan, were selected as all-stars in the pitching category.
Patrick Sandoval started 2 games in this tournament and recorded 1 win, undefeated ERA of 1.23. Romero pitched in 5 games and went 2-0 with an ERA of 2.08 and 13 strikeouts.
In the catcher category, Venezuela’s Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals) was named. Perez played an active role with a batting average of 0.429 and 6 RBIs.
As for the infield, first baseman Chang Yu-chung (Taiwan), second baseman Javier Baez (Puerto Rico), third baseman Yoan Moncada (Cuba), and shortstop Trey Turner (USA) each took the top spot.
Jang Wi-cheong participated in 4 games in this tournament and made a big success with a batting average of 0.438, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. In addition, Turner hit 5 home runs in this tournament, tying the WBC record for most home runs in a single tournament (five in 2006) held by current Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop.
The outfield was occupied by Mike Trout, Randy Alorena (Mexico), and Masataka Yoshida (Japan). After the end of the 2022 season, Yoshida succeeded in entering the US Major League through the posting system. Yoshida, who signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox for 5 years and 90 million dollars, swung a batting average of 0.409, 2 homers and 13 RBIs in this tournament. The 13 RBIs are a new record for the most RBIs in a single WBC event.
On the other hand, the Korean baseball team unfortunately failed to produce a single all-star player.
The 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) competition ended with Japan winning. An all-star team was also unveiled, including players who splendidly embellished this tournament. The World Baseball Classic Organizing Committee (WBCI) selected and revealed all-star players by position through its official SNS account after the final between Japan and the United States ended with Japan’s…