Japan’s Roki Sasaki Is Baseball’s Next Phenomenon

ESPN Daily

Mar 20 2023 • 33 mins

The next big thing coming to America from Japan might not be a baseball unicorn like Shohei Ohtani…it might be a once-in-a-generation starting pitcher who could actually be even bigger. His name is Roki Sasaki, and while he might not be ready to make the jump to Major League Baseball yet, he’s already making waves in baseball on the world’s stage. As Sasaki takes the mound for Japan tonight against Mexico in the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic, Jeff Passan tells us all about Sasaki's electric arm and the almost spiritual connection he has with the game of baseball…that comes in-part from an unforgettable tragedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices