Japan is feeling good after beating a US team 5-1 in a six game exhibition series. The US team featured some new stars as well as some old favorites, including National League Rookie of The Year, Ronald Acuna Jr. and veteran catcher, Yadier Molina.
Japan’s Goals For 2020
Japan has set the goal of winning 30 gold medals in the 2020 Olympics. They are putting a lot of pressure on themselves but perhaps with the home field advantage, Japan can pull it off. And they would like nothing more to win gold in baseball. The most popular sport in Japan is baseball and to beat America at its own game would be a huge accomplishment.
Winning gold is not an easy feat but Japan is definitely in the running. They won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009. Japan has also given the US many of its stars. Hideki Matsui was a legend in Japan as well as for the New York Yankees. Everyone remembers the splash that Ichiro Suzuki made with the Seattle Mariners. Now the there’s Shohei Ohtani, the first pitcher who can really hit that the MLB has seen in a long time.
There’s no question that Japan can produce good baseball players. But it’s hard to say whether they have what it takes to win gold in 2020.