Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) teammate Nick Martinez (33) got off the US World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team.
The sports media ‘The Athletic’ reported on the 24th (Korean time) the news of Martinez leaving the national team.
After making his big league debut with the Texas Rangers in 2014, Martinez joined San Diego via Nippon Ham Fighters and Softbank Hawks in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Last year, Martínez has been outstanding since his first year with San Diego, moving back and forth between the starter and the bullpen. He pitched in 47 games (10 starts), going 4-4 with 8 holds and 8 saves in 106⅓ innings with a 3.47 earned run average and 95 strikeouts for a 1.29 WHIP. 헤라카지노
After winning the honor of being on the U.S. National Team, Martinez felt he was not qualified and announced his departure from the national team.
Martinez told The Athletic, “It was a tough decision (to leave the national team), but it is not polite to teammates to go to the WBC and pitch in the opening game of the major leagues when you are not fully prepared as a starting pitcher.” .
Meanwhile, in San Diego, in addition to Martinez, infielder Manny Machado (31, Dominican Republic), Xander Bogatz (31, Netherlands), Kim Ha-seong (Korea), outfielder Juan Soto (25, Dominican Republic), Nelson Cruz (43, Dominican Republic), pitcher Luis Many players such as Garcia (36, Dominican Republic), Darvish Yu (37, Japan), and Nabil Krismat (29, Colombia) will participate.
Martinez plans to join the team after leaving the national team to prepare for the 2023 season.