Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder, Wladimir Balentien, 32 years of age, stated in an interview in Narita airport today that he wants to make a comeback to play once again in the Major leagues after this year’s Nippon Professional Baseball season, according to Tokyo Sports. Balentien re-signed with the Swallows this past off-season only on a one-year deal in order to make a move to the Majors once his contract with the team is over, giving his fans in Japan one last show to remember as he leaves their stage.
Wladimir Balentien played for 6 seasons in NPB, as this season will now be his 7th. He currently owns a batting line of .277/.386/.576 with 185 homeruns and 459 RBIs during that span. He also became Japan’s current record season holder in homeruns blasting 60 homeruns in year 2013, breaking Sadaharu Oh’s previous record of 55.
Wladimir Balentien will most likely get what he wants, as Major league teams have already shown interest in him… and added that with his amazing World Baseball Classic performance this year, with 4 homeruns and 12 RBIs, also making the All-WBC team, no doubt in mind that interest from MLB teams has grown.