One of the highlights to watch for the opening game of the Major League Baseball early next year is the competition of Japanese superstars. The opening act will be the Seoul Series that will take place at Gocheok Dome from March 20 to March 21 next year. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, which will host games, have recently hired a string of big Japanese players.
The Padres announced on Monday that they signed a five-year contract with Yuki Matsui for a total of 28 million U.S. dollars. After missing out on Lee Jung-hoo (San Francisco Giants), they caught Matsui, a free agent. Matsui, a left-hander, debuted with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan’s Pacific League in 2014 and recorded 236 saves (25 wins, 46 losses, 68 holds) and an ERA of 2.40 over the past 10 years so far this year. With 39 saves and an ERA of 1.57 this year, he became the third relief pitcher in his career after 2019 and 2022. In March, he pitched in the eighth inning of the World Baseball Classic match against Japan, and handled Lee Jung-hoo, Park Hae-min, and Kim Hyun-soo neatly. The Padres already have Yu Darvish (37), a Japanese starting pitcher, playing for the Padres. A veteran with 103 wins and 85 losses in the MLB. Not long ago, Japanese catcher Kyle Higashioka (33) joined the New York Yankees through a trade.월카지노
The Dodgers signed Shohei Ohtani (29) this winter, the biggest 10-year contract ever made, with a total of 700 million U.S. dollars, and hired right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25) for 12 years at 325 million dollars. Yamamoto has won four Pacific League pitchers (multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts, winning percentage) and MVP (best player) and pitcher’s highest honor, the Sawamura Award for the past three consecutive years with the Orix Buffaloes. Yamamoto is highly likely to stand at Gocheok Dome as the first starting pitcher for the Dodgers. Padres Darvish can also be seen throwing in Seoul if he recovers well. Ohtani, who is a pitcher and batter, will have elbow surgery in September and play as a batter next year. Japan’s big players are expected to make a series of Gocheok Dome series.
Kim Ha-sung (28) of the Padres, who will mark his fourth season in the MLB, has unexpectedly been rumored to be a trade. It is news that the Giants, where Lee Jung-hoo plays, are aiming. He expected to be the main character of the “Seoul Series” as scheduled, but he has to wait and see the remaining winter transfer market.