Voices of self-reflection and criticism are coming out from all over the baseball world due to the sluggish performance of the WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team. One of them is the opinion of learning the management of the Japanese national team ‘Samurai Japan’.
After returning to Kiwoom on the 15th, Lee Jung-hoo said of Japan, “We have to learn something to learn.” He talked about the need for a permanent national team.
Not only Lee Jung-hoo, but many baseball players say that they need to learn Japan. Since the fall of 2013, Japan has convened its national team before and after the season to play friendly matches against Taiwan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Australia.
It can be a big event like the 2014 and 2018 US-Japan All-Star Series, and sometimes it’s a match against a team with a difference in skill, like the European selection team in the spring of 2015. Members are also different from time to time. Special stars participate in high-profile matches such as the US-Japan All-Star, but in other cases, rookies gather.
But how was Japan able to summon the national team before and after the season while playing all 143 regular season games? There is a background that is difficult to explain with just the sentence ‘Japan convenes the national team before and after the season’.
Japan also came up with the idea of a permanent national team while discussing the issue of selecting a coach for the national team. Japan won the WBC in 2009, but there was no suitable successor for manager Tatsunori Hara. This is because he was reluctant to serve as both a professional team and national team manager.
So, I tried to select the next WBC coach in advance in 2010, but it was canceled for practical reasons. A year later, at the 2011 owner meeting, an agreement was reached on the establishment of a national team and a full-time manager system, and in 2012, the ‘Samurai Japan Project Committee’ was established. Here, the framework for the current national team convocation and evaluation matches before and after the season was created.
Players were persuaded by profit sharing. In July 2011, the Japan National Athletes’ Association declared a boycott of the 2013 WBC, citing revenue distribution issues. NPB was also dissatisfied with the fact that the WBC was actually run with money from Japanese companies, and there was not much revenue returned to Japan.
When the WBCI adhered to the original method despite Japan’s boycott, NPB agreed with the WBCI to promote its own brand business, omitting the name of the tournament ahead of the WBC. The Athletes Association decided to share the profits from the permanent national team business. The Athletes’ Association also withdrew its intention to boycott.
In the spring of 2013,토토사이트 NPB established the ‘Japan National Team Marketing Committee’ with the Japan Baseball Association and introduced a system that systematically manages not only professional-level national teams but also national teams by age group. From this time, the youth, youth, and women’s baseball teams also began to be called ‘Samurai Japan’. In November of the same year, director Hiroki Kokubo assumed the full-time command tower, and ‘Samurai Japan’ was launched in earnest.
The driving force to maintain it also comes from the national team. In November 2014, NPB Enterprise, a company jointly invested by NPB and 12 clubs, took full responsibility for the national team-related business. A circulation structure was created in which money was earned through the national team and reinvested in the baseball world with this money.
It seems clear that Japan is a good model, from the way the national team operates to the maintenance structure. However, how far it can be accepted is another matter. South Korea suffered a loss at the WBC in 2017.