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Sep 13 2022

When will the WBC (Baseball) 2023 Japan squad be determined?

By Basu
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The 2023 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC Betting okbet has been scheduled.

The exhibition period is from March 8 ~ March 21, 2023.

The first round will be played in Taiwan, Japan and the United States, while the final round will be held in the United States.

The previous fourth edition of the tournament was held in 2017 and the winner was the United States.

Originally, the fifth WBC was scheduled to be held in 2020, three years later.

But as you know, due to the global spread of the novel coronavirus, the event was eventually postponed until 2023.

For baseball fans, this is the first WBC event in six years they've been waiting for. Director Hideki Kuriyama has already been decided as the director of the Japan representative "Samurai Japan".

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What I am curious about is who the Japan representative members will be and when they will be decided.

I think that in Coach Kuriyama's vision, a certain number of national team members have already been drawn.

So, when will the Japan squad be decided?

This can only be predicted at this point, but the reference is when the 2017 WBC Japan squad was announced.

Representative squad 2017 Decision Date

The WBC in 2017 was held from March 7 ~ March 22, and the Japan national team coach at that time was coach Yuki Kokubo.

There is a difference of 1 ~ 2 days in the schedule, but it is almost the same as 2023.

As a first step, the 18 representative members of "Samurai Japan" were announced on December 20, 2016, the previous year.

The final Japan squad was additionally announced on January 24, 2017.

There were 28 members in total.

Among the first 18 players was Shohei Ohtani, who was at Japan Ham at the time.

However, at this time, Shohei Ohtani withdrew from the WBC due to a right ankle injury.

In 2017, the team started a training camp in Miyazaki on February 23 to prepare for the WBC.

There has been a change of coach, but I don't think there is a big difference between the schedule of 2023 and 2017.

First, in late December 2022, the first stage of the national team was announced (after 20 names?). ), and in the second half of January 2023, when the new year begins, the final full squad will be announced.

Representative Members 2013 Decision Date

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The 3rd WBC was held in March 2013.

The national team coach at that time was Koji Yamamoto.

At that time, on December 4, 2012, the previous year, the 34 candidates for the national team were announced first, and then the number of candidates was narrowed down.

33 players participated in the national team candidate training camp held from February 15, 2013, and 28 national team players were announced on February 20.

In 2017, it seems that the team was built over a month and a half after the squad was decided, and in 2013, it seems that the national team was selected after assessing the condition of the players 10 days before the match.

Personally, I think Coach Kuriyama will select the Japan national team as he did in 2017.

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Will Shohei Ohtani be named in the 2023 WBC Japan squad?

The Japan national team coach is Coach Kuriyama, who knew the spirit of the Nichi-Ham era, and considering the achievements of Shohei Ohtani, it is strange that he will not be selected for the national team.

Shohei Ohtani himself humbly said, "Of course I want to come out. If I have the ability, if I can be selected, I want to play," so as long as there are no problems such as injury, the possibility of playing is great.

The problem will depend on the intentions of the baseball team to which Shohei Ohtani belongs.

If Shohei Ohtani can stay with the Angels and head into the WBC without being traded, his chances will increase.

That's because the Angels have announced that fellow player Mike Trout will captain the U.S. national team.

You would not allow Trout to participate and not Shohei Ohtani to participate.

However, the Angels may allow Shohei Ohtani to participate with some kind of restriction on how he is used.

If a trade from the Angels is finalized and he is transferred to another baseball team, there is a possibility that Shohei Ohtani will not participate in the WBC.

It's natural to want a player you acquired for a lot of money to get injured before the big league starts.

The situation around here is like waiting and seeing for a while.

Postscript: Strengthening match decision

It was announced on 15 August that a strengthening match between Japan "Samurai Japan" and Australia will be held.

The match will be played on 9 and 10 November.

Prior to the strengthening match against Australia, Japan Ham will face Ham on November 5 and the Giants and Samurai Japan on November 6.

The squad to be selected for this match will not be immediately decided on next year's Japan squad, but unless there is an injury or a considerable deterioration, 70% to 80% of the players will be selected.

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