Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodriguez (26), who fled to the United States after the World Baseball Classic while playing for Chunichi in the Japanese professional baseball team, belatedly apologized to the Chunichi team.
Japanese media Chunichi Sports said on the 27th, “Yariel Rodriguez, who had been out of contact, contacted the Chunichi club. Representative Chunichi Kato Hiroyuki received an e-mail last week from a lawyer who identified himself as Rodriguez’s agent. When I said I wanted to, Rodriguez called me directly.”
Rodriguez also sent a letter to the club, saying, “I have been indebted to the Chunichi club. I want to achieve my dream. I want to play in the major leagues.” He also posted on his personal SNS, “I apologize for suddenly leaving Chunichi after signing the contract. But I decided to pursue my dream.”
Rodriguez, who played for Chunichi for three years from 2020, participated in the Cuban national team at the WBC held in March. Cuba advanced to the quarterfinals, and Rodriguez, who finished the tournament after that, did not return to Japan on the scheduled date at the end of March.
Afterwards, the Chunichi club announced that they had no contact with Rodriguez, and news was reported that Rodriguez was staying in the Dominican Republic to seek asylum in the United States. Rodriguez, who was still in trouble with the Chunichi club, contacted the Chunichi club in about a month. 토스카지노
Rodriguez, who signed a contract with Chunichi with the approval of the Cuban government, pitched in 56 games (54⅔ innings) last year, throwing a fastball of up to 161 km, recording 6 wins, 2 losses, 39 holds, and an average ERA of 1.15.
However, after participating in the WBC, he changed his mind and escaped Cuba and went into exile. Rodriguez started two games in the WBC and pitched well with a 2.45 ERA with 2 runs and 10 strikeouts in 7⅓ innings.
Meanwhile, CEO Junichi Kato said, “Even if Rodriguez terminated the contract, the contract is still alive. Disclosure must be made at the time of cancellation. We will consult with the Cuban government.”