Second baseman of Chicago White Sox Tadahito Iguchi hopes to represent Japan at the inaugural World Baseball Classic next spring.
“If I have a chance I want to take part in the tournament, because Mr (Sadaharu) Oh will coach the national team,” said Iguchi
Before go to USA, Iguchi played for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks of Pacific League Nippon Professional Baseball under the Oh until 2004. In his Major debut season, Iguchi has batting average .278, 142 hits and 15 home runs, became the first Japanese player to win the World Series.
The first World Baseball Classic would be the first time to see Major League Player competing in the international games. The 16-team 3-week tournament is scheduled to begin on March 3, 2006 at the Tokyo Dome, with Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan play in Pool A.