The non-competitive notice period is over, at least 4 Hanshin
The notice period for being out of force in professional baseball ended on the 1st. After the first round from October 3rd to 7th, and the second round from the 16th, the day after the climax series ended, well over 100 players from 12 teams are at a crossroads this season. Among them, the names of players who were the main players until recent years and “big games” were also lined up.
Chunichi, who sank to the bottom of the Central League, notified 7 people, including infielder Daiki Mitsumata, who participated in 58 games in Thailand, the highest number of his own this season, and catcher Iori Katsura. Including training, a total of 17 people were out of force. There are 13 giants, excluding players who have become free contracts. Yakult has eight pitchers, including pitcher Shigeki Terashima, who was drafted first in 2016, and pitcher Kohei Miyadai, who graduated from the University of Tokyo. Hanshin had the fewest four out of the force, including a 2-2 trade with Nippon-Ham on October 18th.
In the Pacific League, Orix, which achieved the best in Japan for the first time in 26 years, notified a total of 14 pitchers, including pitchers Keisuke Sawada and Hirotoshi Masui, that they were out of force. Rakuten also notified a large number of 10 people, including pitcher Yoshinao Kamada and outfielder Masaki Iwami, in the second period, making a total of 14 people. Nippon-Ham, which ranked last, had a total of 10 players, including pitcher Ren Kakinoki, one of the “strongest generation” of Osaka Toin, and infielder Kyohei Ueno.
Proven players include pitcher Tomoya Mikami, who was active as a relief in DeNA, pitcher Shun Yamaguchi, the giant who won the most wins in the Central League in 2019, pitcher Hirotoshi Masui, ORIX, infielder Tomohiro Abe, Hiroshima, and Ryosuke Hirata, Chunichi. There are outfielders. Among the players who joined the team in the first place in the draft, in addition to Terashima and Yamaguchi, Giants pitcher Toshiki Sakurai, Seibu pitcher Daisuke Saito, Orix pitcher Ren Mukumoku, and Rakuten pitcher Yuya Fukui were out of the force.
From the 1st, the FA declaration period will start, and the strength of each team is steadily being organized. On the 8th, a “12 professional baseball team joint tryout” will be held at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, and the players aiming for a comeback will make their final appeal.
(Full-Count editorial department)