Lars Nootbaar grinding way to Samurai Japan stardom at WBC

When St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar left spring coaching with the MLB membership to affix Samurai Japan for the World Baseball Traditional, he was undecided what to anticipate.

Nootbaar, an American, jumped on the likelihood to characterize his mom Kumiko’s homeland when Japan reached out. The 25-year-old knew he would play with MLB stars Yu Darvish, from the San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Angels celebrity Shohei Ohtani.

He was additionally alleged to workforce up with Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki, who withdrew with an harm. Suzuki, although, despatched phrase to the Japanese workforce to vouch for Nootbaar as a participant and an individual and encourage them to welcome him with open arms.

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