Samurai J Kuriyama returning from the United States “I’m tired” Player selection is “blank” “returned to zero” | Full-Count

When it comes to member selection, “it’s often too late if you don’t decide by the end of the year.”

On the 14th, Hideki Kuriyama, manager of Samurai Japan, who will be holding the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC) next March, returned to Japan from a 10-day tour of the United States and held a press conference in Tokyo. Regarding pitcher Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, he said, “He’s become a player that American fans really look forward to.” On the other hand, regarding the selection of players, he revealed that he had “returned to zero” due to this inspection, and the members showed their intention to decide within the year.

Manager Kuriyama watched the Angels vs. Twins game held at Angel Stadium on the 12th local time. Regarding Ohtani, he revealed, “I could feel that I had become a player that American fans really look forward to playing. The elevator attendant said, ‘Thank you, Ohtani.'” He didn’t say much about the selection process, saying, “Personal feelings come second.”

Padres pitcher Yu Darvish said, “For me, Shohei (Ohtani) and Arihara, who fought in the same uniform, are big in a different sense.” Darvish became a major player in 2011 when he became the director of Nippon Ham. At that time, there seems to be a special feeling because of the background of the interview.

Regarding the selection of players, he said, “I’m overwhelmed. I’m back to zero.” “I want to think about it until the last minute before the start in February next year, but if I don’t decide by the end of the year, I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it in time,” he said. Members are likely to be decided by the end of the year.

(Hirohisa Miyawaki)

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