Yuya Maeda, who belonged to the Dokkyo University baseball club, has finished his active life until he was 27 years old, and will start working as an interpreter for the Yomiuri Giants from next year to support the team from below.
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[Decision to go to the United States alone in the second year of junior high school]
The word “IMG Academy” (hereinafter referred to as “IMG Academy”) stands out in the column of the school from which Dokkyo University’s player list came from. Born in 1994 to a newspaper reporter’s father and an interpreter’s mother, Maeda grew up watching professional baseball and MLB broadcasts from an early age due to the influence of his parents who love baseball, and naturally chased white balls. rice field.
Up to that point, he was a baseball boy everywhere, but when he was in the second year of junior high school, he decided to study in the United States.
“I was longing for Hideki Matsui, and I wanted to play baseball in the United States, which is the home of baseball. I had my parents who had studied abroad make full use of their English and personal connections, and my academic ability at that time. I went to a school where I could get into baseball and English. “
It was said that he became homesick for the first week after moving to the United States, but Maeda had baseball. When communicating through baseball, it didn’t take long to blend in with the baseball club in junior high school.
After going through several schools, he hit the gate of IMG Academy. Kei Nishikori is one of the OBs of IMG Academy, which was originally a tennis school, but now it has a function as an educational institution, and athletes from various sports are gathered from all over the world.
When I was in Japan, I was only selected for Shibuya Ward when I was in elementary school, but the American environment encouraged Maeda’s rapid growth.
“When I went to the United States, my diet changed and I got bigger. Also, American pitching coaches tend to warn me of throwing too much, so it was good to be able to reduce the burden on my body and relax. May be. “
IMG Academy has the warm climate of Florida, as well as state-of-the-art training facilities and theories. In such a fulfilling environment, he developed his strength and reached 90 miles (about 144 to 145 km) when he was in school.
Maeda, who had a dream of becoming a major leaguer, went on to Patrick Henry Community College, a junior college, considering the growth of the team and his own opportunity to participate.