The Orix Buffaloes, a former Japanese professional baseball team of Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25), who received the highest treatment in Major League Baseball history from the Los Angeles Dodgers, said a fond farewell.월카지노
On the 28th, Orix released a “thank you post” for Yamamoto on the club’s website and SNS. The message “Thank you for the 14,470 pitches” was designed with a mosaic art of Yamamoto wearing an Orix hat and smiling. The 14,470 pitches are Yamamoto’s total number of pitches in seven years, including the regular season and the postseason.
Orix also delivered an additional farewell message. “A fastball that ignores gravity, a magical breaking ball, and a laughingly fine control. I am grateful for all that. Frankly, I am deeply saddened and will miss Yamamoto. I wish he would not leave, but I would like to see him play an active part in the U.S.,” Orix wrote.
Lastly, he said, “Go, Yamamoto. Please prove that Japan is the best in the world beyond our reach,” wishing for success in the Major League. The poster will be decorated throughout the interior of the Kyocera Dome, Orix’s home stadium.
Yamamoto signed a 12-year contract with the Dodgers on the 28th for the longest and highest amount ever as a Major League pitcher with a total of $325 million. Thanks to Yamamoto, Orix pocketed a large amount of $50,625,000 (about 65.3 billion won) in posting fees. According to Japan’s “Sports Hochi,” Orix will use this amount to further expand its training facilities, including the club’s dormitories, and expand fan services.
In addition, Yamamoto’s jersey number 18 for seven years will not be permanently removed. “I personally recommend that a player who is determined to carry Yamamoto’s jersey number be worn by him. I think it would be difficult if he fails to meet the three requirements of determination, consistent performance, and club expectations,” said Michio Minato, president of Orix Club. Ichiro Suzuki’s No. 51 has also been used by Orix since 2001, when he moved to the Major League.
Yamamoto should be a resourceful player to wear No. 18. Yamamoto, who was drafted by the Orix Buffaloes as the fourth choice in the 2016 draft, was not a top-rated prospect until he joined the team. However, he has continued to grow since his debut in the first division in 2017, and changed his position to a starter in 2019, standing tall as a top-class pitcher in the league. Until this year, he has posted an ERA of 1.82 strikeouts with 70 wins, 29 losses, and 32 holds in 172 games (897 innings) during seven seasons in the Japanese pro baseball league.
After ranking No. 1 in ERA in 2019 and No. 1 in strikeouts in 2020, he has won four consecutive awards including multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts and winning percentage for three consecutive years from 2021. As he swept the Sawamura Award and the Pacific League MVP award for the third consecutive year, he also achieved no-hitter twice. He also became the ace player for the Japanese national team in international competitions by winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March this year.
He boasts a fastball of up to 159 kilometers per hour, a high-speed forkball in the late 140 kilometers range, and a stamina that can throw long balls freely. He is highly qualified as a pitcher, and has been evaluated as a first baseman in the Major League Baseball as well. Born in 1998, he was recognized for his high value at just 25 years old, and acquired the highest contract ever for a pitcher in the Major League with Dodgers.
“Thanks to everyone who has helped me this far, I took my first step as a Major Leaguer,” Yamamoto said on his social media on Friday. “I was so nervous during the press conference that I prepared this comment. I had to express my gratitude to Orix Buffaloes and fans who played for seven years. I will prove that the pitching that I created with all of you can be successful in the Major League.”
“L.A. Dodgers fans, I signed a 12-year long-term contract, so I will always challenge myself to continue contributing to my team’s victory with the determination of burying my bones in LA,” Yamamoto said. “It hasn’t been long yet, but I love the streets of LA. Of course, Osaka will always remain a special city to me, but I want to become a member of LA and enjoy everything in LA as soon as possible.”