Press conference of SAMURAI JAPAN Top Team which participated in "2018 ALL STAR SERIES" (the November 9 start) on October 10 was held in Tokyo.
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In the beginning of interview the general manager of Masatake Yamanaka reinforcement at SAMURAI JAPAN reinforcement Committee "fix the eyes on Tokyo Olympics of 2020, and call player who is new in this timing, and is going to try the power. For MLB All-Star team which was the world's strongest army corps, we said hello saying all players expect big growth after meeting and read the name of national team 28 players aloud from Manager Atsunori Inaba afterwards.
Manager Inaba assumed this 2018 "age that we could try" and stated, "we were particular to beat for the world's strongest partner and want to fight for ambition while we fought, imaging public performance in 2020".
In addition, question flew led by player and others who became the first election by the later questions and answers mainly from the reporters, and Manager Inaba revealed election reasons.
About Kazuma Okamoto (giant) which achieved "30 30% 100 runs batted in" at the youngest in this season in history "player who grew up very much for one year of this year. We had mental strength and revealed expectation saying we want you to show own power decisively. On the other hand, we showed careful posture about cleanup hitter used by the first election saying "possibility that we could become candidate of cleanup hitter was enough, but there is thinking not to put pressure too much as it was the first election".
About the election of Tomoya Mori (Seibu) of catcher whom blow assumes weapon it "is important most to be able to protect catcher, but it becomes important that international game can hit point as cannot beat when is not produced. As blocking and lead improved, let alone blow, we revealed think highly of on offense and defense both sides saying it is a pleasure.
Besides, "we realized with pitcher which we faced in the active times and were hard to take in timing" in Takayuki Kishi (Rakuten) and talked about election reason to Naoyuki Uwasawa (Nippon-Ham) saying "we want to see where fork which threw powerful ball from unhurried form, and was weapon was used" to.
In addition, we realize Korea, much L hitters of Chinese Taipei through the Asia professional baseball championship of last year, and it is said that we elected Katsuki Azuma, Haruhiro Hamaguchi (together DeNA), the Shotaro Kasahara (Chunichi) and others young person left arm positively.
Mountains reinforcement general manager "wanted step that became the core of Inaba Japan to do" at the end of the interview, and Manager Inaba loaded with power saying "fight of Olympics has already begun". Against the world's strongest army corps called MLB All-Star team, rise of new player and raise of force are expected.
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