Junichi Tazawa Final Pitch of the Season in BC League Draft Meeting “Just Wait” October 15 13:18
Former big leaguer Junichi Tazawa, who joined Saitama in the BC League, an independent baseball league, pitched in the final game of the season in Kamio City, Saitama Prefecture on the 14th. After the game, Tazawa talked about the draft meeting of professional baseball to be held this month, “I’ll just wait, but I’ll make a decision while consulting with various people.”
Tazawa challenged the major leagues directly from professional baseball to professional baseball, and contributed to the Red Sox’s victory in the World Series in 2013.
I signed a free contract with the Reds in the Major Leagues in March and joined Saitama in the independent league and BC League in July.
On the 14th, the final game of the season was held at Kamio Civic Stadium in Kamio City, Saitama Prefecture, and Tazawa went up to the mound in the fifth inning as he led 1-2.
Tazawa, who had the same number “36” as he did in the Red Sox era, interweaved a change ball into a strong straight and easily took two outs.
He was hit after this, but in the end he struck out and kept the first inning scoreless.
Tazawa pitched 16 games as a middleman this season, winning two and losing 0, throwing 3.94 and 16 innings in defense, and struck out 12.
The so-called Tazawa Rule, in which players who refuse to be nominated at draft meetings and sign with overseas baseball teams cannot sign with professional baseball teams for a certain period of time when they return to Japan, will be removed, and each team can nominate Tazawa pitchers at the draft meeting held on the 26th of this month.
The fans who visited said, “The sharpness of the change ball was very good” and “The last strikeout was impressive. I look forward to seeing you in the future.”
After the game, Tazawa said, “I want to thank this team for allowing me to experience things I couldn’t experience in my baseball life in my first independent league. I’m 150 kilometers faster than I ld, and I’d like to continue to train well.”
As for the draft meeting, he said, “It’s only going to be, and I think we’ll just have to wait. I would like to make a decision while consulting with various people.”