“Yoshida and contract thief level”
Yoshida, 토토사이트 who started his professional life after being nominated by the Orix Buffaloes in the first round of the 2015 rookie draft, participated in 63 games in his first season of debut, with 57 hits, 10 homers, and 34 RBIs. It recorded 0.290 OPS 0.854 and took a good eye stamp. And the following year, in 64 games, he wielded a fire bat with a 0.311 OPS of 0.928 and succeeded in becoming a full-fledged starter.
Yoshida played 143 games in the 2018 season and recorded 165 hits, 26 home runs, batting average of 0.321 OPS and 0.956, and in the 2019 season, he also participated in all 143 games and had 168 hits, 29 homers, 85 RBIs, 92 runs, and a batting average of 0.322 OPS and 0.956, a ‘career high’. spent the season Yoshida left a record of 884 hits, 133 homers, a batting average of 0.327 OPS and 0.960, including hitting double-digit homers over seven seasons.
After the 2022 season ended, Yoshida, who announced his intention to advance to the major leagues, signed a 5-year, 90 million dollar (approximately 118.9 billion won) “jackpot” contract with the Boston Red Sox through the posting system and proudly stepped on the major league stage. However, immediately after Yoshida’s contract was announced, the local atmosphere was not very good. He left good grades in Japan, but the voices of criticism began to emerge that he had given too much money to Yoshida, who had not been verified.
At the time, when the ‘overpay’ controversy arose among fans as well as local media, high-ranking officials in Boston took time to explain (?) about the contract with Yoshida. Haim Bloom, president of Boston Baseball Operations at the time, said, “I expected a lot of attention to be drawn to Yoshida. I’ve been doing a lot of research on Yoshida.” There is,” he said, confident of Yoshida’s success.
It was at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) that the evaluation of Yoshida began to change. Despite being in his first season in Boston, Yoshida competed in the WBC with Japan’s national team and proved his worth. Yoshida participated in a total of 7 games, wielded a fire bat with 9 hits, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and a batting average of 0.409, leading the Japanese national team to the championship. From this point on, Boston fans began to have expectations for Yoshida.
Yoshida played an active role with 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run in 4 at-bats in the opening match against the Baltimore Orioles, and succeeded in drawing the first arch in the match against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th game after his debut. However, as a result of sudden sluggishness and injuries, the batting average for the season plummeted to 0.167, and the story of Yoshida’s ransom began to flow again.
However, this was a temporary phenomenon. After completely recovering from his injury, Yoshida scored a multi-hit game against the Minnesota Twins on the 21st of last month (Korean time), and is on a 16-game hitting streak until the match against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 8th. His batting average, which had fallen to 0.167, rose to 0.321 before he knew it. He is making a huge impact, including two homers in one inning.
As Yoshida performed tremendously every day, the atmosphere of the local media changed 180 degrees. The US’Boston Grove’ said, “So far, the contract with Yoshida is at the level of a thief.” Other club officials have mostly criticized the contract with Yoshida. “he said.
‘NESN’, a Boston broadcasting company, said, “Yoshida’s contract with Boston caused a big wave in the major leagues during the offseason. And we are already seeing the effects of the investment.” , and even though his defense is below average, the bat has greatly compensated for that shortcoming.”
It is not uncommon for batters to perform well at the beginning of the season due to problems such as power analysis in the early stages of entering the major leagues. This can be seen from the fact that Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs) was selected as Rookie of the Month last year. However, as Yoshida plays, his performance improves noticeably. The flow so far has been impeccable. It remains to be seen if Yoshida will be able to continue the current good trend until the end of the season and proudly laugh at the suspicion of ‘overpay’.