St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nuthba (26) expressed his feelings about participating in the WBC as a member of the Japanese national team.
At the WBC held in March this year, the final 30 players of the Japanese national team were revealed through media reports on the 15th. The Japanese national team selected a mixed-race foreign player for the first time by joining Nutba. The WBC can choose a participating country based not only on his own but also on the lineage of his parents. Nuthba is a mixed-race athlete whose mother is Japanese.
Nutba, who joined St. Louis in the 8th round in 2008, made his major league debut in 2021. He appeared in 166 career games, with 19 homers, 55 RBIs, 68 points, 6 stolen bases, and a batting average of .231 and .775 OPS. Last year, his second year, he hit 14 home runs. 온라인바카라
Nutba, who participated in the St. Louis team event on the 16th and had an interview with local reporters, said, “It is a great honor to travel to the WBC. He said of his experience on the WBC trip.
Nuthba expressed his affection for his mother, saying, “I am happy to do something special for my mother. I want to play for the Japanese national team soon. Anything that can put a smile on my mother’s face is always good.” He continued, “It will be difficult to learn Japanese in a month, but I will do my best.”
Nuthba continued, “During last season, I talked to the Japanese side and waited (to be selected for the national team) throughout the season. I thought, ‘This is an opportunity.’
Meanwhile, the Japanese national team formed an outfield team with major leaguers, including Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) and Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), along with Nutba. In addition, Kensuke Kondo (Softbank Hawks) will be deployed in the outfield. Some say that 4 outfielders are too few, but the members themselves are gorgeous.