“Honestly, I was surprised”… The reason why the ‘119.4 billion’ Japanese hitter chose Boston

“Honestly, I was surprised by Boston’s proposal.”

On the 16th (Korean time), Masataka Yoshida held a ceremony at Fenway Park in Boston, USA. Yoshida, who challenged the major leagues through the posting system, recently realized his dream by signing a five-year contract with Boston for a total of 90 million dollars (approximately 117.4 billion won).

According to Japan’s ‘Sponichi Annex’, Yoshida, who had the initiation ceremony on the 16th, said in English, “Hello, I’m Masataka Yoshida, and I’m 29 years old. I played for the Orix Buffaloes for 7 years. I’m nervous because I’m not good at English. I’ll try to learn English quickly.” “It’s an honor to be a part of Boston. I’ll do my best. Thank you,” he said.

Yoshida started his professional life after being nominated by the Orix Buffaloes in the 2015 rookie draft, and played in 762 games over 7 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, 884 hits, 133 homers, 467 RBIs, 418 runs, batting average of 0.327 OPS 0.960. Yoshida’s greatest strengths are his ability to cross the fence at any time and his high on-base percentage of 0.421.

Numerous major league teams showed interest when Yoshida challenged the major leagues through the posting system. This is because the power to hit a home run, high batting average, and on-base percentage were Yoshida’s strengths that could be used in the major leagues. Then why did Yoshida choose Boston? 토토

“Honestly, I was surprised by Boston’s proposal. I received the best evaluation from Boston,” Yoshida said, explaining the background. I’ll do my best to repay you with play,” he explained.

Yoshida continued his appeal for his own strengths as well. He said, “Battling is the biggest advantage while playing in Japan for 7 years.” Regarding the possibility of participating in the leadoff, he said, “I don’t have much leadoff experience. He expressed his confidence.

Among Japanese players in the past, there are not a few players who played an active role in Boston. The most representative players are Daisuke Matsuzaka and Koji Uehara. When asked, “Have you received any advice from them?” Yoshida smiled, saying, “I haven’t heard anything in particular. I just saw Matsuzaka write on social media, ‘Because it’s cold in Boston, bring padding’.”

What is Yoshida’s goal in Boston? He said, “I saw many seniors playing in the major leagues from elementary school, and I thought that I would like to play in the major leagues someday.” I will do my best,” he said emphatically.