“Go at a time when everyone is rooting for you”… A word with bones from the legend of “America, Japan 382SV” toward Sasaki, “165km.”
“I wish everyone would cheer for you”
Japan’s “Daily Sports” delivered a message to Kazuhiro Sasaki, dubbed “the god of horse riding,” who appeared as a guest on TBS’ “Sunday Morning” on Tuesday (Korea time). Kazuhiro Sasaki sent a message to Rocky Sasaki, the “165-km monster.”
Recently, the transfer of Tsuyoshi Wada, dubbed the “Japanese version of Kim Kang-min scandal” in the Japanese baseball community, came to an end, and Sasaki heated up the heat. The reason is that Sasaki never caused friction during the salary negotiations since he joined the pro team, but he did not sign the contract until after the year. The problem is that Sasaki was not simply unhappy with the contract.
Since his high school years, Sasaki has garnered attention from professional baseball teams by throwing 150 kilometers of fastballs in the second half. Although Sasaki never performed on the Koshien stage when he was an amateur, his interest was so intense that he was selected by four teams in the first round. Chiba Lotte, which embraced Sasaki, did not put Sasaki on the mound in his first year as a member of the team, but instead focused on building a body capable of playing on the professional stage while accompanying the top-tier Korean national team.
Sasaki made his first major league debut in his second year under thorough management by Chiba Lotte, who raised expectations by posting impressive 3 wins, 2 losses and 2.27 ERA in 11 games. In 2022, Sasaki made his mark in the global baseball community. It was because he achieved a “perfect game” against the Orix Buffaloes, who won the Japan Series (JS) trophy that year. 꽁머니환전
Sasaki was the “first” to achieve a perfect game among players who had no experience in complete pitching on the professional stage, which led to the youngest record. In addition, at the time, Sasaki struck out 19 strikeouts, 13 of which were “consecutive strikeouts,” setting a new unauthorized world record. It was great to achieve the perfect game, but Sasaki surprised the world again by blocking eight perfect innings in his next appearance.