Miguel Rojas, who returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers due to this offseason trade, gave up the World Baseball Classic (WBC) for the team
. He was also known to have high expectations for this event.
The reason Rojas gave up participating in the WBC was that Gavin Lux, the main shortstop, was out for the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. That’s how Rojas made his name as the starting shortstop. And he ended up staying on the team for the team.
He said in an interview with the local media on the 3rd (Korean time), “It was a really difficult decision for me.” He continued, “Representing Venezuela at the WBC has always been a priority, and it’s a worthy thing,” he sighed in regret.메이저사이트
Rojas recorded a career batting average of 0.260, 39 homers, 269 RBIs, 309 runs, and an OPS of 0.672. He wasn’t considered a very good hitter, but his defense was very stable and he was DRS 15 last season.
He said, “Someone has to step in and take Lux’s place. I’ve been preparing every day for nine seasons to play shortstop. I have to be prepared to play all 162 games.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “It is definitely a big help to the team that Rojas stays on the team. When I informed this news to the team members, they all thanked Lohas and were shocked.”
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s infield defense was in an emergency as Rojas was missing. Luis Renhipo (LA Angels) or Glaber Torres (New York Yankees) is expected to be the starting shortstop, resulting in a huge loss in defensive power.