I am looking forward to a pitching match with Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels)}.”
Ohtani’s teammate Mike Trout (32) talked about participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) in an interview with the major league official website’MLB.com’ on the 25th (Korean time).
Trout is representing the United States at the WBC this year. He wants to solve the regret of not being able to participate in the last tournament and not being able to share the winning moment of the US team. He said, “Recently, I talked with Angels coach Phil Nevin about everything including the schedule (joining the national team). Nothing has been decided yet, but I will make a training plan before joining the national team.”
Trout is a superstar representing the major leagues. He has a batting average of 0.303 (1543 hits in 5094 at-bats), 350 home runs, 896 RBIs, 204 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.002 in 1407 major league games. 메이저놀이터 He is a hitter who has both sophistication and destructive power enough to be called one of the best players in active play.
Last season, rumors of retirement circulated due to back pain in the middle of the season, but he returned to the ground proudly. He hit 40 home runs and showed off his remaining skills.
“When he first came back, he had some lingering pain, but after the season, his back was fine,” Trout said. “He did the same weight training routine every time and worked to strengthen all his back muscles.”
When Trout announced his participation in the WBC, the possibility of a two-hit match with teammate Ohtani naturally came to mind. Since Ohtani and Trout, who are both pitching stars, have always played on the same team in the major leagues, there is a possibility that they will have their first pitching matchup in an international competition. If the United States in Group C advances to at least the semifinals in the actual WBC competition, there is a possibility of meeting Group B Japan.
“Ohtani and I talked about it last year,” Trout said. “Because I knew Ohtani was going to be a member of the Japanese national team,” Trout said. He said. I’m looking forward to (Ohtani and Tuta head-to-head). Ohtani is one of my good friends, so it will definitely be fun.”
Fans are paying attention to whether Trout Ohtani’s pitching matchup, which many people are looking forward to, will be able to unfold at the WBC.