Samurai Japan regular, Giant’s Nobuhiro Matsuda has decided to retire at the end of this season.
Giants infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda has decided to retire at the end of this season. As a regular member of Japan’s national baseball team “Samurai Japan”, he also participated in the WBC held in 2017. He fought well against major league teams and excited the Japanese fans. However, six years have passed, and not only Matsuda but many other players have moved on to the next stage. Let’s take a look at the current status of the participating players.
Six of the 28 players have decided to retire. Pitcher Kazuhisa Makita received a notice from Rakuten that he would be out of action in 2021, and although he played in Taiwan last season, he retired. Outfielder Ryosuke Hirata retired from Chunichi last season as he was no longer available. Catcher Shota Ohno and outfielder Seiichi Uchikawa have also decided to hang up their uniforms for this season. Pitcher Ryo Akiyoshi has been serving as a pitcher and coach in an independent league since he was no longer eligible.
Pitchers Shintaro Fujinami and Kodai Senga will be challenging for the major leagues this season. Fujinami transferred from the Athletics to the Orioles in the middle of the season and contributed to the district championship. Chiga started 29 games for the Mets and had a good record of 12 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 2.98. Cubs infielder Seiya Suzuki is in his second year in the majors, and Giants outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is struggling in the minors.
There are still players who are active as the mainstay of NPB. Rakuten’s pitcher Hiroki Matsui has pitched in 56 games so far this season, with 2 wins, 3 losses, 38 saves, and a 1.66 ERA. He supports the team as an absolute guardian. Infielder Hayato Sakamoto, now 34 years old, is making an impressive comeback with a batting average of .291, 22 home runs, and an OPS of .893 in 114 games. Outfielder Shogo Akiyama also joined Hiroshima after playing in the major leagues and is playing an active role as a mainstay.
[Table]3 people are out of the force, 6 people are retired… “Current status” of 2017 WBC fighters
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