The KBO earlier today became commenced its season, last year four Cubans graced the fields of this prestigious circuit (Yasiel Puig, José Miguel Fernández, Ariel Miranda and Odrisamer Despaigne), but this season only Guillermo Heredia will be playing in Korea.
Heredia signed with the SSG Landers, current KBO champions prior to season for $900,000, a deal that could be $1 million with some financial incentives for his performance. The outfielder was brought in to bring some defense and pop to the team’s lineup.
On the opening day SSG defeated the Kia Tigers 4-1 in their home ballpark (Incheon SSG Landers Field) in front of approximately 23,000 fans. The Matanzas native who hit fifth and played left field, did his part in the Landers’ victory. On the day Heredia 1-for-2, with a single, two walks and scored twice.
✅ Los actuales campeones de la #KBO (SSG Landers) y actual equipo del matancero Guillermo Heredia, debutaron con victoria de 4×1 ante #KiaTigers la temporada de 2023.— Miguel Rodríguez Hernández (@MiguelRH98) April 1, 2023
✓ #Heredia (5to Bate, LF): 2-1, 2R, 2BB#OpeningDay #KBO2023 pic.twitter.com/3Enyopgm20
In Japan the only two Cubans to see action on the day were Ariel Martínez (Nippon Ham) and Dayán Viciedo (Chunichi).
Martínez who hit six and was the DH on the day went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Fighters 4-3 victory over the Rakuten Eagles. The young slugger now sports a .333 average and .500 OBP on the young season. The Cuban is doing so far what he brought in from Chunichi to do and that is hit.
Speaking off Chunichi, the Dragons they were 2-0 losers on the day to the Yomiuri Giants and Dayán Viciedo went 1-for-5 on the day to see his average fall to .222 on the young season. The Villa Clara, Cuba native who won a batting title in 2018 and is a three time all-star in the land of the rising sun figures to be a key cog in team’s offense and a leader in the clubhouse.