Team Report

Samurai Japan U-23 National Team starts off – “We will further strengthen our unity to become the world’s No.1,” says manager Inaba

October 11, 2018

 SAMURAI JAPAN U-23 national team which participated in the second WBSC U-23 World Cup (from October 19 Colombia barankija) started camp just before meeting on October 11. Rakuten, Kengo Horiuchi, Yasuhito Uchida, Tokyo Gas, Yuki Nakayama, 20 people except Hanshin, Kairi Shimada who are behind with junction to team adjust this day at ground in the suburbs of Tokyo for approximately three hours.

 Manager Atsunori Inaba leading Top Team this time bundles up U-23 Age Range. In opening meeting at ground, we conveyed two "promises". "It is not good to vomit saliva at ground. When because it is place bringing up, we will stop. In addition, during game, pitcher who does not throw wears hat and Uniform (jacket). We urged strong awareness as SAMURAI JAPAN national team to fight together together. At first it may be said that it is instruction like honest Manager Inaba to have preached mental attitude to carry the Japanese flag on its back. For the active play era, we do not neglect sprint at the time of offense and defense change and regard posture as baseball person as important.

 It is wheel play other confirmation and fielding practice in fielding practices of plays between pitchers and infielders after warm-up. Pitcher 4 pitcher (Lotte, Atsuki Taneichi, Rakuten, Hiroki Kondo, Hiroshima, Ryota Nagai, Hiroshima, Atsuya Horie entered the bull pen, and fielder hit free.

"There is phoenix league (Miyazaki), too, and player is finished (body). Players seemed to have strain and both pleasing, but everybody looked good. We fight for 1B of the world with Solidarity power without breaking off for this feeling of strain (Manager Inaba)

 In addition, we nominated the fifth-year 23 years old, Yasuhito Uchida for the captain in Rakuten. Is team junction plan from 14th, but manager in "first as for the age. We send big expectation to cannon of RF which gave off 12 home runs in this season in the first team saying we are going to leave cleanup slot.

 Manager Inaba keeps a close watch on rookie, Hisanori Yasuda of Lotte which let beautiful sound sound by free blow saying "we see from high school days, but ability to transfer is splendid". We are going to appoint 19 years old hitting the first home run in the first team as the end game in clean up in this season.

 Hill staff checks off Lotte, Taneichi and bull pen throw of Rakuten, Kondo eagerly; "throw powerful ball. We smiled at the right arm of a certain two people naturally saying we think that we could expect. In addition, Manager Inaba shows intention to entrust Hiroshima, Horie with as existence of leader of 11 pitcher.

"We experience meeting (2016, Mexico) in the last time and think that we want you to convey what you felt in oneself more and more". In response to words of manager, Horie talks in this way.

"There is younger person throwing in the first team and, just because of international game, thinks that it is not necessary to be afraid. I think of meeting in the last time; when was not able to throw a ball, Saiuchi (Hiroaki, Hanshin) and others seniors responded. As it was difficult if alone, we had you call out and were thankful. Oneself wants to play role this time"

 However, it is foreign country holding, and we play a game internationally and unexpected movement is expected enough this time. SAMURAI JAPAN, Masatake Yamanaka reinforcement general manager is meeting at the lodgings; even if "there is anything, is not shaken"; tell to. As Manager Inaba, we do fight with real swords in Central and South America for the first time. Turn to Tokyo Olympics of 2020 saying "we want you to make use of player in the next step, and experience is important among me", and there is get a lot of experience, aiming as manager. "It is reflection in the Asia professional baseball championship of last November, how do you go to get one point? Chance to be able to use the measures for. Including pitcher change, we are going to try"

 Camp will practice just before meeting at ground in the suburbs of Tokyo on 12th tomorrow and is to leave for Colombia after practice game of two games with Amateur team afterwards on 15th.

The second WBSC U-23 World Cup

Overview Players

Meeting Schedule

From October 19, 2018 to October 28

Opening round

Saturday, October 20 5:00 Japan 13-0 South Africa
Sunday, October 21 0:00 Chinese Taipei 1-3 Japan
Monday, October 22 0:00 Japan 7-2 Mexico
The Tuesday, October 23 0:00 Japan 5-0 Netherlands
Wednesday, October 24 10:00 2-7, Columbia Japan
※The start time Japan time (Colombia: at time difference -14 time)

Super Round

Friday, October 26 0:00 Japan 3-2 Korea
Saturday, October 27 5:00 Japan 6-3 Venezuela
The Sunday, October 28 0:00 Japan 4-0 Dominican Republic
※The start time Japan time (Colombia: at time difference -14 time)


Monday, October 29 9:00 Japan 1-2 Mexico
※The start time Japan time (Colombia: at time difference -14 time)


Colombia (barankija)

Participating Countries and Regions (provisional)

Group A
Japan, Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Colombia, South Africa

Group B
Korea, Australia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Czech




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