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Yu Darvish will not participate in the World Baseball Classic

Nov 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish announced through an official press release on Tuesday evening that he will not be pitching for Team Japan in next spring’s 2013 World Baseball Classic:

After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. This was a very difficult decision for me as it is always a tremendous honor to represent my native country of Japan. I greatly enjoyed being a part of the 2009 Championship ballclub and I will be supporting this year’s team as they look to defend their title.

Darvish threw 191 1/3 innings during the 2012 regular season and went another 6 2/3 frames in the Rangers’ AL Wild Card Game loss to the Orioles.

So he can use whatever additional rest he can find heading into his second full major league campaign.

“My ultimate goal is to help win a World Series with the Texas Rangers and to share that accomplishment with the great baseball fans in Japan,” the 26-year-old native of Osaka concluded in his statement.

  1. jayquintana - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Smart move! Looks like he’s making sure he won’t make the same mistakes as Dice-K.

  2. thebadguyswon - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Good call. The WBC sucks anyway.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Everything about the WBC is awesome, except the time its held. Right before a full 182 game season and possible playoffs. No MLB player is in midseason form that early so its never a surprise we do poorly. Not sure how to fix it. The NHL has a breaks for the Olympics but the MLB season is so long that if they postpone the season and playing outdoor baseball in december would be insane..

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        To paraphrase, you just said “everything about the WBC is awesome, except the most important thing, the quality of the competition”. The thing is a hot mess. It is an exhibition designed only to make money. No thanks.

  3. lyon810 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    162 games

    • dcfan4life - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      I meant 162 games lol.

  4. joedavis291 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Yu doing what’s right for the team

  5. badintent - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    He wants more time with his girlfriend Porn star “G cup “

  6. willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Good. The WBC is BORING. Save your arm for the season Yu.

  7. cktai - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Are you guys kidding me? The WBC is awesome. Where else would you see Bryan Engelhardt hit a homerun off Marr Lindstrom, see Kenley Jansen cut down Carlos Delgado on secord base, or see Leon Boyd shut down Robinson Cano and Hanley Ramirez,

    I can’t wait for next edition. Keep an eye on Rob Cordemans and his 0.96 ERA over 9.1 Innings. Talk about a super-reliever.

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