Nick Martinez (San Diego Padres), who will be on the World Baseball Classic (WBC) U.S. team instead of Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers), hides his joy, saying, “It’s really special for me to be able to wear the U.S. national team uniform.” couldn’t 스포츠토토
Martinez, who made his big league debut with the Texas Rangers in 2014, went 17-30 with a 4.77 ERA in 88 games during his four-year career with the Texas Rangers. He broke his personal record for most wins in a season with seven wins in 2015.
He played on the Japanese stage for 3 years from 2018. He went 21-22 with a 3.02 earned run average on the mound 63 times in his career with the Nippon Ham Fighters and Softbank Hawks.
He played for the US team at the Tokyo Olympics and won against Kim Kyung-moon-ho. He started in the second game of the group stage against Korea and won with 1 run in 5 innings (4 hits and 9 strikeouts).
He used his performance at the Tokyo Olympics as a stepping stone to succeed in entering the big leagues. Wearing a San Diego uniform, he took the mound 47 times last year and recorded 4 wins, 4 losses, 8 saves and 8 holds. His earned run average was 3.47.
According to a report by Japanese sports media ‘Nikkan Sports’ on the 21st, Martinez said, “It’s really special to me to be able to wear the uniform of the U.S. national team. My family came here in search of an opportunity in Cuba. Following the Olympics, I am very honored to play as a member of Team USA at the WBC.