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This Japanese high schooler is the most annoying batter of all time

Batter crouches low

A Japanese high school baseball player is receiving worldwide attention, and it’s all for the wrong reasons.

Japan’s national high school baseball championship is ongoing. Known as the “Summer Koshien,” the event is a nationwide high school baseball tournament that determines the country’s champion. It’s a huge event and receives television coverage.

In one of the semifinals, a No. 8 batter drew attention for his odd approach at the plate.

According to a Google Translate translation, the batter’s name is Ko Yamaguchi. He switches sides of the plate each pitch. From the right side, he crouches into an extremely low stance. From the left side, he’s not as low, but he’s no more interested in trying to swing the bat.

Take a look:

That’s not baseball, Suzyn.

Yamaguchi ended up reaching base via hit by pitch. But that is one of the most annoying approaches we have ever seen. Was he even trying to bat or just to force a walk or hit by pitch? He would shuffle his feet, fake a bunt, do everything possible to try and annoy the pitcher. It’s fitting that he ended up being hit by a pitch.

In case you’re wondering, rules allow a player to switch which side of the plate they want to hit from during an at-bat. But if the system is abused the way it was in that case, a rule change might be called for.


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