It seems that he could not hide his patriotism in his heart even though he was in charge of the event. Rob Manfred, head of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Secretariat, expressed his regret for the uneasy American pitching staff.
The U.S. national baseball team lost 3-2 to Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) final held at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida, on the 22nd (Korean time).메이저사이트
The U.S. was serious about winning this tournament. Even after winning the last tournament, he has built a more advanced team. The best players of the time such as Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Trey Turner wore the national team uniform.
but lost It’s not because of the difference in other lines. Just as the semi-finals were overturned with a grand final run, the American batting line led the team to victory with destructive power worthy of its name. The mound was a problem. Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Meryl Kelly, and Kyle Freeland took over the starting rotation. All four pitchers are mid-to-upper pitchers in the MLB rotation, but they are not pitchers with the ace modifier in MLB.
If he came out as an American all-star, the United States could have formed a pitching staff so strong that it would be difficult for the ace of each team to be in a four-man rotation. Leading aces such as last year’s Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Aaron Nola, Carlos Rodon, Kevin Gaussman, and Max Fried could all play for the U.S. national team, but did not appear.
The American mound, where all of the aces of each team were absent, fell behind Japan in terms of pitching power. Unlike the U.S., Japan, where both Shohei Ohtani and Yu Darvish, who were ace players, took part, and in addition to the two pitchers, Loki Sasaki and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, other fastball pitchers participated en masse and defeated the U.S. with force.
President Manfred also felt this keenly. According to local media such as The Athletic, Manfred said at the awards ceremony, “We have great pitchers. I want to see high-level pitchers like our fielders at the WBC.”
Manfred’s impression is also an invitation to the next box office event. Manfred predicted that “the next tournament will be held 100% in 2026”. While confirming the holding of the next tournament, he is willing to raise the level of the tournament by having more players participate.