Coach Hideki Kuriyama, who led the Japan to their third title in three tournaments at the WBC = World Baseball Classic, will hold a press conference at the Japan Press Club from 3 p.m. on 3 June.

We will answer questions from the press about the arrangements leading up to the championship, such as the final against the United States.

I would like to report on the state of the press conference.

【Special Feature】 WBC Hideki Kuriyama: "Everything is for the next generation"

《Japan National Team: Road to Victory》

【First Round】
○ 1-8 China
○ 1-13 Korea
○ 4-10 Czech Republic
○ 2-7 Australia

[Quarterfinals] ○ 1-9 Italy


○ 3x-6 Mexico

○ 5-3 USA

Playback Final Japan vs USA

The WBC final was held in Florida, USA, on the 22nd of Japan time, and in the second inning, starting pitcher Shota Imanaga hit his fifth home run of the tournament against American Turner, giving the team a one-run lead.

In the Japan, No. 2 Munetaka Murakami, who contributed to the bye win in the semifinals, caught the first pitch straight and tied the game with a solo home run, and then created a bases-loaded chance and a runner came back between Nootvar's infield grounder in the first to tie the game.

In the fourth inning, Kazuma Okamoto caught a slider and hit a solo home run to add one run.

Japan took a two-run lead in the eighth inning with a two-run lead, and pitcher Yu Darvish hit a home run to Schwarber in the fifth to cut the deficit to one run.

Then, in the ninth inning, Shohei Ohtani took the mound and finally struck out Major League Baseball and Angels teammate No. 9 Trout to win 2-3 and win the championship for the third time in three tournaments.

MVP is Shohei Otani

MVP = Most Valuable Player was chosen by Shohei Otani, who led Japan to the championship with his two-way throwing performance. This is the first time that an MVP has been selected from Japan since Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was selected in the first and second tournaments.

【Click here for details】Final Japan vs USA

Semifinals Japan vs Mexico

Quarterfinals Japan vs Italy

【Also here】Japan representative return press conference I will tell you all [One question and one answer, full text]

【NHK Special Website】 WBC2023