Taking the best in Japan, going through a big success in the WBC, and now in the major leagues.
Masataka Yoshida (30), a Japanese hitter for the Boston Red Sox, is expected to start the Major League Opening Day as the fourth hitter. On the 31st (Korean time), the fourth-left fielder is likely to play in the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fanway Park in Boston. It is the opening 4 appearances of his first major league debut season that even Hideki Matsui has not experienced.
Yoshida hit a two-run home run in his last exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves on the 29th. He played fourth-left field and hit his first home run in 14 at-bats of his exhibition game. He hit a home run against Charlie Morton, who had a major league career ‘116 wins’, and picked a walk.
2 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk. In six exhibition games, he recorded a batting average of 2.3 (3 hits in 13 at-bats), 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts, and 3 walks before entering the regular season.
Yoshida played in two games and joined the Japanese national team for the WBC (World Baseball Classic). After the tournament, he joined Boston and played 4 games. He chose to compete in the WBC rather than Boston Spring Camp.
The Boston club paid attention to Yoshida’s contact ability, slugging power, and on-base percentage. This advantage was demonstrated in the final match of the demonstration game.Yoshida posted a batting average of .335 (138 hits in 412 at-bats), 21 home runs, 88 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.447, and a slugging percentage of 0.561 in 119 games for the Orix Buffaloes last year. He got 80 walks in 508 plate appearances, of which he 온라인바카라
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5 years – $90 million contract with Boston, average annual salary $18 million. It is the best condition for a Japanese fielder’s first major league contract. This is 5 million dollars more than Suzuki Seiya (29), who wore the Chicago Cubs uniform earlier this year.
There were many comments that the amount was excessive. Yoshida completely changed this skeptical view through the WBC. He played a big role as a central hitter in all seven games from China in the first round to the final against the United States. He batted number 4 from the quarterfinal match against Italy. He posted 13 RBI, his most in a single contest. He made it to the ‘Best 9’ of the competition.
If Yoshida succeeds from the first year, it will positively affect Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Heroes), a similar type of player, to sign a major league contract next season.