We’re still three weeks from the start of spring camp, but things are going on. One player who tried MLB is returning with a new NPB team, while three more players have been selected, if not officially named, to Japan’s WBC team, and one former star has a new gig.
Shall we get to it?
Arihara now a Hawk
Kohei Arihara, the top pitcher in the Nippon Ham Fighters’ rotation after Shohei Ohtani’s departure and more recently a Texas Ranger, has returned to Japan with the SoftBank Hawks.
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Making use of Twitter, he said, for the first time, new Texas Rangers pitcher Kohei Arihara left Japan for the United States on Sunday — see the translation below.
“I’m Kohei Arihara of the Texas Rangers, and I’m now departing for America, and I’ve begun using Twitter. Because of the coronavirus, it is a very difficult situation, I feel incredibly happy because I’m able to realize my dream of challenging myself in the major leagues. Although I am anxious about various things, I am going to give it my all. Here I go.”— new Texas Rangers pitcher Kohei Arihara via Twitter