Deepen ties with Seibu 5th place Omi and Yamada as “good friend trio”
I don’t want to lose because we are good friends. At the “Professional Baseball Draft Conference supported by Lipovitan D” on the 20th, catchers Osaka Toin and Shion Matsuo, who were nominated for first place by DeNA, and Takamatsu Sho and Shogo Asano, who won the right to negotiate with the Giants in the competition between the two teams Burning the fighting spirit for the fielder. Both of them were selected as Japan’s national baseball team “Samurai Japan” under 18 years of age. To his friend and rival, he confidently said, “If I stay the course, I think I can hold him back.”
As one of the best slugs in high school, the two have grown through friendly competition. In August, he was selected as a member of the Japanese national team and became a teammate in the “30th WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup” held in Florida, USA in September. There was also a scene where Matsuo gave advice, such as shoulder opening, to Asano, who was suffering with 2 hits in 10 at bats in the domestic training camp.
Asano’s batting average was .333 (8 hits in 24 at-bats), with 1 home run and 4 RBI. Matsuo also played an active role with a .321 batting average (9 hits in 28 at-bats) with 6 RBI. Matsuo was selected as a catcher for the “All World Team”, which is the best nine from the tournament. The team won the bronze medal for the first time in two tournaments.
In Florida, he was often alone with pitcher Yosho Yamada (Omi), who was nominated 5th by Seibu, and who was called a “good friend trio” among the press. Matsuo laughed, “He (Asano) sticks to me…” and revealed that he is still in touch.
“We both talk about a lot of things.
Two representatives of the generation will step onto the professional stage as Dora 1 from the same baseball team in Tokyo. “If I keep up with the course, I think I can hold back. I want to prepare myself well.” Even if the stage changes, the bond between competitors will remain.
(Tiger Kawamura / Kodai Kawamura)