“You can’t put it into a game that is burdensome.”

Shintaro Fujinami of the Baltimore Orioles made a relief mound in the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the Toronto Blue Jays held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 3rd (hereinafter Korean time). He left the worst pitch of the year. In ⅓ innings, he gave up 1 run on 3 walks (no charge).스포츠토토

Prior to this season, Fujinami signed a major league contract with the Oakland Athletics and stepped onto the big league stage of his dreams. In recent years, Fujinami has not made any significant achievements on the Japanese professional baseball stage, but he succeeded in obtaining a contract worth 3.25 million dollars (approximately 4.2 billion won), and raised expectations by throwing good pitches in demonstration games.

However, after opening the lid, his performance was very disappointing. Fujinami repeatedly pitched the worst, failing to win a single win in his four starts at the beginning of the season. And even after he switched to a bullpen pitcher, he was unable to adapt to the major league level for a while and received various criticisms and criticisms.

It was last June that Fujinami, who had been sluggish, began to improve. Fujinami appeared in 10 games and rebounded with an average ERA of 3.97 with 1 win and 2 losses, continuing his good momentum in July. In particular, the control problem that had been holding his ankle was noticeably improved. As a result, he was traded to Baltimore, which is running first in the American League East Division. Moving to Baltimore from Oakland, where the postseason would be impossible to dream of, was definitely a positive factor.

However, even after transferring to Baltimore, Fujinami’s regrettable appearance continues. Fujinami broke off an uneasy start by scoring runs in each of Baltimore’s first and second appearances. Afterwards, he seemed to be finding stability by pitching scoreless pitches in three appearances, but on the 3rd he had a really big accident in the match against Toronto.

Fujinami took over the baton from starter Grayson Rodriguez in the 6th inning, where the score was tight 1-1, showing how difficult it is to catch one out. As soon as he got on the mound, Fujinami walked the first batter, George Springer, and brought the bases loaded, and then gave the lead to Matt Chapman, who hit the first pitch.

The worst pitches continued. Fujinami, who could hardly find stability, confronted Danny Jansen in the next two outs with bases loaded, and a 99.3 mile (approximately 159.8 km) four-seam fastball hit Jansen’s hand, again scoring a run. Afterwards, Fujinami seemed to end the inning by inducing a shortstop grounder to Dalton Basho, but at this time, Jorge Mateo’s error occurred and it was only after recording the 3rd run that Paul De Jong returned to third baseman with a straight hit and ended the inning with difficulty.

Fujinami’s disappointing pitch was again criticized locally. ‘MLB.com’ Toronto manager Keegan Matheson criticized Fujinami’s pitching, saying, “I am completely baffled by Baltimore’s decision to use Fujinami in such an important situation. It’s painful to see it.”

The media as well as fans criticized it. According to Japan’s ‘Daily Sports’, fans said, “As an Oakland fan, I can’t help but question the Baltimore front desk’s insight into throwing Fujinami into an important game”, “Why did they put Fujinami in the 1-1 game”, ” You shouldn’t put Fujinami into a stressful match”,