According to the news report in Japan, Christian Yelich of Miami Marlins wants to participate in the Japan national baseball team, on 2017 World Baseball Classic. His grandmother is Japanese, so there is a possibility to enter the Japan national team. It seems that Donald Mattingly of Marlins’s manager also admits that Yelich participate in Japan team. It would really be achieved?
Eligible to participate in WBC is that Parent of player has a Japanese nationality or were born in Japan. So Yelich does not have eligible to participate in Japan team. But in Japan, it will be hope that he joins in the Japan national baseball team with team-mate, Ichiro Suzuki. In August, Manager of Japan team will request to Ichiro that participate in the national team on 2017 WBC.
In addition to Yelich, the players of Japanese descentare are in the Major League Baseball. Let’s introduce several players.
・Kurt Suzuki（Catcher、Minnesota Twins）His grandfather and grandmother are Japanese.
・Jeremy Guthrie（Pitcher, Miami Marlins）His mother is Japanese.
・Darwin Barney（Second Baseman, Toronto Blue Jays）His grandfather is Japanese.
・Shane Victorino（Outfielder, Chicago Cubs）His grandfather is Japanese.