Nick Martinez, who is eating rice with Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), gave up participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). 메이저사이트
The American media ‘The Athletic’ reported that Martinez would not be participating in the WBC USA team.
Martinez played an active part as the ace of the US national team at the Tokyo Olympics held last year. A member of the Softbank Hawks, he started two games and had an ERA of 1.64. He pitched well in the final against Japan, giving up 1 run in 6 innings, but ended up winning the silver medal due to his team’s defeat. However, he left a strong impression and returned to the big leagues by signing with San Diego.
Settling in the big leagues was a success. Last year, he went back and forth between the starter and the bullpen, appearing in 47 games (10 starts), posting a record of 4 wins, 4 losses, 8 saves and 8 holds, with an ERA of 3.47.
His power in the postseason also increased. He pitched in seven postseason games and had an earned run average of 0.82.
He was given a chance to show his worth with the national team once again, but Martinez opted to drop out. Lack of preparation was the reason.
“It was a tough decision, but it’s not polite to my teammates to go to the WBC and pitch in the Major League Opening Day when you’re not fully prepared as a starter,” Martinez said.