Japan’s Nikkan Sports reported on the 28th that “Senga announced on his social media that he was not participating in the WBC.” 메이저놀이터
Senga was left out of the recently announced 30-man final roster for Japan’s national baseball team. However, the player himself had a great desire to participate, and Japan national team coach Hideki Kuriyama planned to have Senga join the national team through a roster change later. Japanese media predicted that there is a possibility that Senga will participate in the semifinals held in the United States.
Ultimately, however, Senga decided not to compete in the WBC. He decided to concentrate on preparing for his first season in the MLB.
Senga signed a contract with the Mets for 5 years and 75 million dollars (approximately 92.5 billion won) after becoming a free agent (FA) after the end of last season. If Senga, who joined for a huge amount of money, participates in the WBC and has a setback in preparation for the season, it will be a loss to both the team and himself. He decided not to overdo it in order to quickly adapt and settle down on the MLB stage.
“I wanted to compete in the WBC together,” said Senga.
Meanwhile, the Japanese national team will have a total of 5 major leaguers sortie for this WBC. Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), Yu Darvish (San Diego Padres), Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), Las Nutba (St. Louis Cardinals), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) boarded the final roster.