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Introduction of Samurai Japan top team players / Takuya Kai (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks)

February 12, 2018

 25 years old that walked the same carrier called "upbringing player" by joining an organization in Senga and the same period of teammate. As for the Senga, it was registered follower with Kai in the fourth year (2014) whereas it was made registration of the team players in the second-year April.

 Participation remained for one game together for 2015, 16 years, but records professional first hit for 16 years when we participated in 13 games. And, in last year when it is the joining an organization seventh year, we recapture regular at last. We make participation (batting average .232, 5 home runs, 18 runs batted in) for self-most 103 games and contribute to the best in Japan for the first time in 11th grade. We win first best nine prize and Golden Glove Award in upbringing native place catchers.

 For "ENEOS Asia professional baseball championship 2017 of last November," we elect Top Team in Overage for the first time (] born in U-24 [after January 1, 1993 as for the participation qualification or within joining an organization third year). It is proof approved as catcher representing Pacific League. There is what got high think highly of from Manager Inaba to "strong throwing arm" becoming lifeline as catcher.

 Second base throw is generally the 1.9 seconds level, but it is said, "it is fast", but Kai records 1.8 seconds stand at average. It is fastest, and pitcher, trust from fielder are warm by the 1.7 seconds level and accurate throwing. Steal check rate of the last season of the league third place. 324. The first place Lotte, Tatsuhiro Tamura 337, the second place of Seibu, Ginjiro Sumitani. 327 and narrow margin. In fielding average of the league top. 999 (mistake 1) and security are outstanding.

 We fully showed characteristic in the Asia championship that became the first international stage. We carried out getting the start by fight with Korea and kept 7 innings until pinch hitter was told to bottom of the seventh inning. Following following 2 pitcher showed no Run good lead to suppress with 4 Run in one to 0 forth inning though we permitted Korea reversal (after extension ten times tie-break, SAMURAI JAPAN wins with eight to seven).

 As for the Final Game with Korea which decided championship, one game is covered with mask fully, is three hits of seventh inning no Run in the forerunner, Kazuto Taguchi (giant). Tsuyoshi Ishizaki (Hanshin), ninth inning lead Yasuaki Yamasaki (DeNA) in no Run, and eighth inning invites moment of delight of Asia king near mound. There is not steal project of partner team, and can partner judge the strong throwing arm to have given silent pressure by participation two games?

Eyes are apt to go "only for stonewalling defense", but blow has bat briefly, too, and stubbornness is sold. We hit 4 home runs last year in the championship season and, like the said article, hide wallop. We cannot hide excitement in the full national team election after all.
"We are surprised to hear that it was chosen as national team very much. As it is opportunity when you can let you play with player on behalf of the baseball world, it is what or absorbs and studies and wants to try hard as hard as possible to contribute"

 Seat of original catcher has been left Seiji Kobayashi (the existing giant) with Shinnosuke Abe (the existing giant), the fourth in Kenji Jojima (Mariners), 3rd with Tomoya Satozaki (Lotte), the second with the first in past WBC. This vs Australia seems to become "touchstone" whether small soldier of 170 centimeters of 75 kilos puts on mask at the Olympics two years after Tokyo holding.

ENEOS SAMURAI JAPAN series 2018

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Game Schedule

Saturday, March 3 19:00 Japan 2-0 Australia
Sunday, March 4 19:00 Australia 0-6 Japan

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Saturday, March 3 Nagoya Dome
Sunday, March 4 KYOCERA Dome Osaka

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Japan - Australia

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