The National League West is familiar to Korean baseball fans as well. The Los Angeles Dodgers is a team led by Park Chan-ho, and Choi Hee-sup (44), Seo Jae-eung (46), and Ryu Hyun-jin (36). The Arizona Diamondbacks were a team that Kim Byung-hyun (44) won the World Series in 2001. The San Francisco Giants, where Hwang Jae-gyun (36) used to play, are also a team that plays in. In addition, the San Diego Padres, where Kim Ha-sung (28) is playing after Park Chan-ho and Choi Ji-man (32), also plays in the West Division.월카지노
The National League West has emerged as the hottest battleground of the Major League. Star players representing Korea and Japan are gathering together, signaling a fierce rivalry next season.
◆ Dodgers Build ‘Cartoon Lineup’ = Major U.S. media reported on the 22nd (Korea time) that “The Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Japan) for 12 years and 325 million dollars (about 422.9 billion won). It is the longest period and the largest amount of money for all major league pitchers in history.” As Yamamoto moves to the LA Dodgers, the Orix Buffaloes, an original team of the Japanese professional baseball (NPB), is expected to receive 50.6 million dollars (about 65.8 billion won) in posting compensation.
The Dodgers, who already signed a 10-year, $700 million (924 billion won) contract with Shohei Ohtani (29, Japan), has built its strongest power like a “baseball cartoon” by recruiting Yamamoto.
Yamamoto was considered the biggest fish among pitchers in this season’s transfer market. He won the MVP award in Japan’s Pacific League for the last three years by banking on his heavy fastball of 150 kilometers per hour and precise control. He also garnered attention from Major League scouts by leading Japan to the championship at the World Baseball Classic in March.
Up until just a few days ago, Yamamoto appeared likely to go to the New York Mets. It was reported that Steven Cohen, 67, invited Yamamoto to his home for dinner. However, the Dodgers successfully recruited Yamamoto after posting the highest amount ever recorded by a pitcher. Rumors have it that Ohtani’s persuasion also played a big role. Fox Sports reported that the Dodgers is now a new “evil empire.” All other fans will hate the Dodgers in the future. The Dodgers spent more than 1 billion U.S. dollars to recruit Ohtani and Yamamoto this winter.
Although the history is shorter than that of Dodgers and San Francisco, San Diego, which has emerged as a dark horse in recent years, is also stepping up efforts to beef up its capacity. The San Diego Padres announced on Monday that it has acquired Yuki Matsui (28, Japan), a left-handed closing pitcher. The deal is worth 28 million U.S. dollars for five years. Matsui is a professional closing pitcher who has topped the Pacific League in saves for the past two years. In San Diego, outstanding Asian players such as Kim Ha-sung and Yu Darvish (37, Japan) are already active.
The “Rival Three Kingdoms” between the Dodgers led by Ohtani and Yamamoto, San Francisco joined by Lee Jung-hoo, Kim Ha-sung and Darvish, and Matsui’s San Diego are already expected.