As expected, the vitriol was different. Japanese professional baseball legend and baseball critic Chang Hoon (83) urged Munetaka Murakami (Yakult Swallows), who conquered Japanese professional baseball at the age of 22, to do his best. 

Japanese media ‘Sponichi Annex’ reported, “Baseball critic Jang Hoon appeared on TBS Sunday Morning on the 7th and presented a high-difficulty task for another leap forward to Munetaka Murakami, who became the youngest player to win three gold medals.”

Murakami is not satisfied with the legend who hit 3,085 hits, the most in the history of Japanese professional baseball. Sponichi Annex said, “Murakami, who was elected to the WBC national team, hit 56 homers last season, the most by a Japanese player. However, even this record is only a passing point for the baseball world legend who hit the most 3085 hits in the NPB,” he said. Jang Hoon pointed out, “I won three crowns, so I don’t have much to say about the batting form,” but also pointed out, “But the stance is a little wide.”  메이저사이트

Hoon Jang compared Murakami to Sadaharu Oh (Wang Jeong-chi), chairman of Softbank, who appeared on the same day. Hoon Jang said, “If Chairman Oh Sadaharu had been active last year, he would have hit 70. In this era, the ball flies well,” he said. “President Sadaharu Oh has a narrow batting stance. If the width is narrow, it is possible to apply because there is room in the knee. Murakami also looked at it, saying, “If the width is reduced, he will be able to hit more home runs.” 

Chairman Oh Sadaharu had the same opinion. He said, “If you narrow the width of your legs, you will be able to hit 56 to 10 more. I want to hope for this from Murakami,” he laughed, “Anyway, it’s true that Murakami is a great player. The batting is heavy, so both the right and left balls fly well. However, he advised that if he narrows the width a little more, he will have more areas to apply.” 

Murakami, born in 2000, showed off his destructive power with a batting average of 3.18 li, 155 hits, 56 homers, 134 RBIs and an OPS of 1.168 in 141 games last year, winning the NPB’s youngest triple crown (batting average, home runs, RBIs). In August, he set a new milestone of the world’s first five consecutive home runs, and thanks to this, he set a new record for most home runs in a single season for Japanese people, surpassing President Sadaharu Oh (55 home runs) in 1964.

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