Ohtani, Yamamoto vs. Darvish, Matsui…ML Seoul Opening Exhibition is spectacular
It is no exaggeration to say that the official opening game of the 2024 U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), which will be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro-gu, Seoul in March next year, is a feast for Japanese superstars.
As the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres recently recruited Japanese players, the “Seoul Series” seems to be turning into a “Japanese Star Series.”
The Dodgers brought superstar Shohei Ohtani to the highest ever treatment with a 10-year contract and a total of $700 million on the 10th.
Ohtani, considered the best star of the present era, plans to visit Korea with Dodgers players and make his Dodgers debut in the opening game against San Diego at Gocheok Dome from March 20 to 21 next year.
Ohtani alone is enough to catch the eye, but the Dodgers recently recruited another Japanese star.
The Dodgers reportedly signed a 12-year contract with Japanese right-handed pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who was considered the biggest pitcher in the free agent (FA) market, for $325 million.
Yamamoto is the best pitcher to win three Pacific League titles and the Sawamura Award for the third consecutive year with the Orix Buffaloes in the Japanese professional baseball league.
As Yamamoto is considered the Dodgers’ first starter in the 2024 season, he is likely to start in the two consecutive opening games in Seoul.
San Diego, which will face the Dodgers, also has many players from Japan.
Key starter Darvish Yu is a representative example.
Darvish is a candidate to start the Seoul opener and may face Ohtani as a pitcher.
In addition, San Diego also recruited Japanese catcher Kyle Higashioka through a trade with the New York Yankees on the 7th.
On top of that, San Diego signed left-handed pitcher Yuki Matsui, the youngest player in the Japanese professional baseball league with 200 saves, on the 24th.
Matsui, who played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2023, made 39 saves this year and played for the Japanese national baseball team.
In Japan, interest in the ‘Seoul series’ is exploding.
Japanese media Sports Hochi reported on the 24th, “Samurai warriors will unite in the MLB opening game in Korea in March next year,” adding, “Ohtani, Yamamoto, Darvish, and Matsui, who played in the World Baseball Classic in March this year, will compete.”
“Otani will be able to play in the Seoul Series as he expressed his willingness to play in the opening game at the joining press conference,” the media said, adding, “Yamamoto is also likely to start.”
Meanwhile, the MLB Secretariat officially announced in July that the official opening game of the 2024 regular league will be held in Seoul from March 20 to 21 next year.
MLB held opening games around the world to globalize and promote baseball, and next year, it marked Seoul as the opening place. 랭크카지노
The matchup was also decided for Korean baseball fans.
The Dodgers, which South Korean players such as Kim Ha-sung’s team San Diego, Park Chan-ho, and Ryu Hyun-jin have passed through, have become the main characters of the “Seoul Series.”