‘Japan’s next-generation giant gun alert’ Murakami hits a home run with Darvish in a practice game

The Korean baseball team, which will face Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), is the batter to be most wary of. Munetaga Murakami (23, Yakult Swallows) showed off his heightened sense of hitting by striking a devastating blow against active big leaguer Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres).

According to Japanese media Nikkan Sports, the Japanese baseball team, which is training camp in Miyazaki ahead of the WBC, conducted live pitching on the 21st. Live pitching is a practice in which a batter stands on the plate and throws a ball, similar to a real game. 토토사이트

Darvish got on the mound and faced Murakami. However, the moment he threw the ball on the 4th pitch, Murakami did not miss it and hit a large home run that hit the back screen. 

Murakami hit 56 homers last season, the most in a single season by a Japanese hitter, emerging as a next-generation giant. He also hit a home run in 5 consecutive at bats for the first time in the history of Korean American and Japanese professional baseball. Born in 2000, he dominated the batting average (3018), RBI (134 points), and home runs (56) categories, becoming the youngest player to win three batting titles and winning the Central League MVP (Most Valuable Player) for two consecutive years. 

Darvish, who was hit by a huge home run by Murakami, could not hold back his admiration. “It’s a little sad. Even major leaguers can’t hit it that easily,” he said, “I was surprised to hit it in one shot,” giving his thumbs up.

Japan is in Group B of the first round with Korea, China, Czech Republic and Australia in this WBC. On the 9th of next month, we will play our first game against China at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, and then face Korea on the 10th.

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