In the first round of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held on March 10th, the Korean national team should pay the most attention to hitters Shohei Otani (LA Angels), Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), and Masataka Yoshida (Chicago Cubs). Boston) and other major leaguers can be seen first,
but Murakami Munetaka (Yakult) is mentioned as a person to pay more attention to as a hitter who can change the flow from a close match to one shot. Murakami, who was born in 2000 and is still growing, hit 56 home runs last season as the best giant in Japanese professional baseball since the ‘royal government era’. He posted a 1.168 OPS and raised his WAR (contribution to win vs. replacement) to 10.40. Although there are some differences in the calculation method, the WAR of hitter Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom), who dominated domestic professional baseball last year, was 10.25.
In past Korea-Japan battles, Korea was pushed back by Japan in detail and accuracy, but it used to turn the charter in the ‘oriental fight’. At the center of the Korean national team was Lee Seung-yeop, the ‘national hitter’. Murakami, a right-handed left-hander, 안전놀이터 deserves to be reminded of ‘Lee Seung-yeop of Korea’, who made Japan cry with a decisive ‘oriental medicine’ in the 2006 WBC.
Murakami’s WBC preparation process is being introduced through the Japanese media. Looking at the article, it is a pleasant pace. According to the information reported through the Japanese sports newspaper ‘Sankei Sports’ on the 2nd, Murakami started training at the camp in Okinawa, Japan on the 1st and passed 11 out of the fence in 85 free betting. He also took 325 swings from day one, including hitting a machine ball at an indoor training ground. He said, “I will gradually prepare” for the WBC schedule, which needs to raise the sense of hitting early.
Murakami is said to be considering picking up a slightly heavier bat this season. Murakami, who had been carrying a bat weighing 880 to 900 grams until last year, brought another bat to the camp and tested it. With a 900-910g bat, she indicated that she would be a little more greedy for distance on the one hand.
Murakami has a good chance of playing as the number 4 hitter for the Japanese national team. Ohtani can move 3 times. He is a high-ranking hitter in front of the Korean national team without any objection.