‘Mura Seung-yeop’

Murakami Munetaka (23, Yakult) finally proved himself at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Japan’s best hitter, who suffered sluggishness throughout the tournament, exploded in the final following the semifinals, contributing to his country’s dramatic victory. Murakami, Japan’s best ‘big gun’, put the team into the finals, and turned the flow of the game that was dragged into the finals at once.스포츠토토

In the 2023 WBC Finals against the “World’s Strongest” United States held at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida, USA on the 22nd, Murakami started as the 5th batter and 3rd baseman and tied against Merrill Kelly (Arizona) at the end of the second inning, which was drawn 0-1. hit a home run It was a precious herbal medicine that instantly brought the atmosphere to Japan.

He was also a hero in the semifinals. It was Murakami, who had been sluggish with a batting average of 0.235 (4 hits in 17 at-bats) until the quarterfinals. In the semifinal against Mexico on the 21st, he won a come-from-behind victory with his own hands by hitting a valuable double in the 9th inning with 1st and 2nd base unharmed. In the end, he announced that he had completely revived by hitting a home run that day.

He had three strikeouts before the match against Mexico, but he was the one who stood at bat on first and second bases safely in the ninth inning. Murakami’s self-confidence hit rock bottom, but Japan’s coach Kuriyama ordered a strong attack, and eventually Murakami lived up to his belief with two RBIs and timely hits. And his confidence rose, and he showed potential against the United States. 

He resembles Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to the extent that domestic netizens call him ‘Mura Seung-yeop’. Coach Lee Seung-yeop was the best hitter in Korea at the time and was placed in the center of the batting line throughout the tournament, but it was sluggish. Criticism continued, but faith in Lee shone through in the semifinals. At that time, facing Japan in the semifinals, Lee Seung-yeop hit a home run that gave Korea victory in the 8th inning. Afterwards, Lee Seung-yeop also led Korea to the final match against Cuba by hitting a home run at the beginning of the match.

It is similar to Murakami in this tournament. Murakami, who recorded the most homers in a single season in Japan with 56 homers last year, was sluggish throughout the tournament, but gave the team a victory in the semifinals, where the team needed it most, and helped the team with a home run in the finals. In this tournament, which ended with Japan’s victory, Murakami finally proved himself. 

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