Shohei Ohtani will face Kim Ha-seong at the Gocheok Dome?
It’s a sign of things to come.
The New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox have withdrawn from the bidding for Ohtani, MLB.com, the website of Major League Baseball, reported on Wednesday (Nov. 3), citing multiple sources.
The teams had been in the running to sign Ohtani, who is out of contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
However, they seem to have backed off as his asking price has risen to more than $500 million.
The Angels, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Toronto Blue Jays, are among the teams still in the running for Ohtani.
The San Francisco Giants are also considered a dark horse.
Canadian sports outlet Sportsnet, citing local sources, reported that “negotiations between Ohtani and several clubs are virtually in the final stages, and contacts will be made with his agent at the upcoming Winter Meetings.
The Dodgers are believed to be the frontrunners in the race to sign him.
The Dodgers are considered to be one of the best-funded teams in the National League.
The team’s geographical location on the Pacific coast, close to Japan, and the large number of Japanese fans in Los Angeles have also made it a favorite among Japanese players in the past. 카지노사이트가이드
Above all, the fact that the Dodgers are a championship team, which is what Ohtani aspires to, is likely to be an important consideration in negotiations.
The theory that the Dodgers waited out last year’s free agency to get him is also gaining traction.
If Ohtani does end up in a Dodger uniform, his official starting point will be South Korea.
The Dodgers will open the 2024 season with a two-game series against Kim’s San Diego Padres on March 21-22 at Gocheok SkyDome.
It will be the first time a Major League Baseball opening game will be held in South Korea.
Japan is the only country in Asia to host a major league opening game.
With a long history of hosting the U.S.-Japan series, Japan has consistently attracted major league openers to the Tokyo Dome.
The decision to open the season in South Korea was made by Major League Baseball to globalize baseball and rethink the game’s box office.
With Ohtani’s move to the Dodgers now in sight, it is becoming a stage that not only Korea, but Japan and the United States are paying attention to.
Ohtani is a fan favorite not only in the United States and Japan, but also in Korea.
He won the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year, the home run title, and the MVP with his pitching and hitting style.
In addition to his good looks, Otani exemplifies all the virtues of a professional athlete, such as creating a plan for his own success from a young age and executing it, and maintaining a clean personal life on and off the field.
If Ohtani’s first game after his transfer is played in South Korea, the box office and ripple effect is expected to be explosive.