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On the 8th (Korean time), Ohtani posted a bullpen pitching video on his SNS and said, “Baseball is coming back soon.”
What stood out was the slider. In the video taken from the catcher’s point of view, Ohtani realized the power of his ball by putting his fastball and his specialty, the ‘high-speed slider’, into the mitt.
Ohtani dominated the league last year by increasing the weight of the slider. Even though there is a fastball of up to 159 km, it rather lowered the proportion (27.6%) and increased the slider rate to 39.1%, confusing hitters.
As a result, Ohtani went on a winning streak last year with a record of 15 wins and 9 losses and an ERA of 2.33. He also became the first major leaguer to achieve 10 wins and 30 home runs as a double career by pitching.
Ohtani’s performance is a big threat to the Korean national team. In the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March, Korea and Japan belong to Group B in the preliminaries, so a head-to-head match is inevitable. As Ohtani announces that he will be able to double-tap in the WBC, a head-to-head match may be established from the preliminary round. 메이저사이트
Korea has a bad memory against Ohtani. Korea met Ohtani twice in the 2015 Premier12 and bowed his head with 1 hit and no score in 13 innings. He was great seven years ago, but now he has grown into the best player in the MLB. It is a big threat to the Korean national team.
Meanwhile, Ohtani participates in the spring camp of his team, not the Japanese national team, first. He is scheduled to join the national team only on March 1 after one appearance until the exhibition game.