Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. (Essonne Info)
As he fights for an MLB roster spot with the Texas Rangers, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will also be thinking of his former Samurai Japan teammates who are struggling to regain World Baseball Classic supremacy, the 31-year-old said Monday. years.
Tsutsugo is expected to attend Rangers spring training later this month in Arizona, having received an invitation after signing a minor league contract with the club.
If successful in securing a major league contract, Texas will become its fourth team since making its MLB debut in 2020 with the Tampa Bay Rays, followed by stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I understand the position I’m in,” Tsutsugo said in an online interview. “I feel good about it.”
A member of Japan’s Samurai squad in the 2017 WBC USA won, Tsutsugo said he was looking forward to cheering on Hideki Kuriyama’s men at the March 8-21 tournament.
“The best players are all there,” said the former DeNA BayStars player. “I want to give them my full support.”
Although his major league run has been far from smooth, with numerous minor stints, Tsutsugo said he has no reservations about staying in the United States after being turned down several times. Japanese club offers.
“I had no hesitation in deciding that I wanted to play in America,” he said.
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