Chunichi and Japan have the lowest contribution from first baseman’s batting…Taka and Lotte also have low numbers.
On the 15th, the Japan Baseball Organization (NPB) announced the players to be declared free agents (FA) for 2023, including Seibu infielder Hotaka Yamakawa. On the same day, the Giants announced the termination of infielder Sho Nakata’s multi-year contract. I have decided to retire. Which team’s uniforms will the two big guns wear next season? Examine teams that seem like a good fit.
Yamakawa finished with zero home runs in 17 games this season due to his own scandals, but he boasts of being the home run champion three times (2018, 2019, and 2022). Nakata is the RBI leader three times (2014, 2016, 2020) and has a total of 303 home runs. He is a slugger representing Japanese baseball. A team that is struggling with a lack of long-hitting ability would desperately want him.
His position is first base. He is also expected to play as DH in the Pacific League. Here, we refer to data from DELTA Co., Ltd. (https://1point02.jp/), which analyzes professional baseball using sabermetric indicators, and use the wRAA (weighted Runs Above Average), an index that represents the contribution of batting to points. ” to look at teams with low first base and DH numbers.
At first base, Chunichi was the worst of the 12 teams at -7.2. Softbank’s “-0.8”, Lotte’s “0.3”, and Rakuten’s “1.9” follow. By the way, the top 12 teams were Hanshin with a score of 41.7. In terms of DH (Pacific League only), the order from the bottom is Orix’s “3.2”, Nippon Ham’s “6.6”, and Lotte’s “8.9”.
Chunichi’s first baseman started 83 games this season, the most played by infielder Dayan Viciedo, but he hit 6 home runs. The team’s number of home runs was 71, the worst of any 12-team team, and there is a serious lack of long-hitting ability. Also, Softbank’s outfielder Akira Nakamura made 118 starts, Lotte’s outfielder Koki Yamaguchi’s 61 games, and Rakuten’s infielder Daichi Suzuki’s 61 games, the most by any team.
At DH, Orix’s catcher Tomoya Mori has started the most games with 46. Nippon-Ham’s catcher Ariel Martinez played 41 games, while Lotte’s outfielder Gregory Polanco, who won the home run title, played 108 games. All eyes are on what decision the two cannons will make.
(Full-Count Editorial Department Data provided by: DELTA)
Data provided by: DELTA http://deltagraphs.co.jp/
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