Kensuke Kondo, one of the best active outfielders in Japanese professional baseball, hit the FA (free agency) jackpot with a super-large contract.
On the 12th, Japanese media such as ‘Spochhochi’ said, “Kondo is moving to Softbank as a free agent. Five Pacific League teams, including original team Nippon Ham, Orix, Seibu, and Chiba Rozze, fought over the recruitment, but Kondo’s destination was soft. The final decision was made by the bank. The condition is more than 4 billion yen (approximately 38.1 billion won) in total over 6 years.” 토토
Kensuke Kondo, born in 1993, began his professional career by being drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters in the 4th round of the 2011 Japan Professional Baseball Rookie Draft. In the 2015 season, his fourth year, he hit his peak with a batting average of 0.326, 8 homers, and 60 RBIs with an OPS of 0.872.
Although he went through twists and turns of changing his position from catcher to third baseman and corner outfielder because of frequent injuries, slow focus, and Ips, he will grow into a key Nippon Ham player based on his outstanding pioneering skills and accurate contact skills recognized as the best among active players. could
Although he only played in 99 games this season amidst the aftermath of injury, he still showed off his batting ability and pioneering mind with a batting average of 0302, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and an OPS of 0.879. As can be seen from his career on-base percentage of 0.413, the saying ‘If Kondo doesn’t hit, it’s a ball’ appears.
He was also selected for the national team at the Tokyo Olympics last year and helped Japan win its first Olympic gold medal, firmly establishing itself as an outfielder representing Japanese professional baseball.
While Softbank failed to advance to the Japan Series for the last two years in a row, it is aiming to strengthen its batting power by recruiting Kondo. ‘Chunichi Sports’ added, “Softbank signed an exceptionally large contract with Kondo,” adding, “Through repeated negotiations, they conveyed their passion and persuaded Kondo.”