Hiromi Ito even changed his pitching form for WBC
Hiromi Ito of Nippon Ham, who was selected as the Japanese national team for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March next year, also revised his pitching form in line with the WBC official ball.
According to a report by Japanese sports newspaper Sponichi on the 3rd, Hiromi Ito changed his right arm’s second-stage motion to the first stage in the bullpen pitching on the 2nd.
The reason was that the WBC official ball was a little more slippery than the ball usually used in the league. Hiromi Ito said, “I want to put something in to reduce the time I am conscious of the ball. “It shortens the time until the ball is released,” he said, explaining why he changed his form.
He was not in good condition until recently. Hiromi Ito looked back at the live pitching held on the 30th of last month, saying, “It was a level of ball that I had to resign from the national team.”
However, in the bullpen pitching that took place that day, he found a way with a new form. He was relieved, saying, “I felt bright.”
Japan was placed in Group B with South Korea, China, Australia, and qualifying countries at the 2023 WBC. The Japanese national team will check its power with four warm-up matches in November. He will play two games at Nippon Ham on November 5 and Yomiuri and Tokyo Dome on November 6, and will face the Australian national team at Sapporo Dome on November 9 and 10. Hideki Kuriyama, head coach of the Japanese national team, has announced a roster of 28 players, including Hiromi Ito.