Darvish Yu (San Diego) started pitching in the bullpen for the first time after joining the Japanese national team camp. Even in Japan, pitchers of the highest level clucked their tongues at Darvish’s pitching from the bullpen. Admiration poured out like “a different dimension” and “a two-seam fastball that I have never seen before.”
Darvish pitched in the bullpen on the 18th, the second day after joining the Japanese national team camp. It is his first bullpen pitch since returning to Japan. Darvish, the oldest player on the Japanese WBC national team, threw 35 pitches in front of many junior pitchers.
According to Japan’s Nikkan Sports, Roki Sasaki (Chiba Lotte) Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Hiroya Miyagi (above Orix) Shosei Dogo and Daisei (Yomiuri) Atsuki Yuasa (Hanshin) Keiji Takahashi (Yakult) Ryoji Kuribayashi (Hiroshima) of Darvish I watched the pitch.
Daisei, who is considered a candidate for the finisher, couldn’t hide his surprise, saying, “The two-seam fastball is bent at a level I’ve never seen before. There aren’t many opportunities to see a ball like this from behind. I hope I get something. It’s on a different level.”
Sasaki took out his smartphone and filmed Darvish’s helmet. He said, “I thought each and every breaking ball was great. He kept it as a record. I thought it was great because he had a good pitch and a variety of breaking balls.” 스포츠토토
Yamamoto, who won the Sawamura Award for the second year in a row, also said, “It’s really great. Everyone is a great pitcher, but what should I say… It was fun to watch.”
Kuribayashi admired, saying, “I only saw about 3 pitches, but I felt that the distance to the home was shortened.” Takahashi said, “I felt something different when I saw it from behind. The feeling of the fastball extending was amazing.”
Shota Imana (DeNA) complained (?) about pitching in the bullpen alongside Darvish. Imanaga laughed, saying, “The pitch and control were great. Why did we throw together?”
Takuya Guy (Softbank), the catcher who received the pitch, said, “I received it nervously. All the balls were good. It was a ball I had never received before, but it was fun to think about the meaning of each pitch and feel the throw. Should I say it was touching?” .