As the tight field training schedule of each team of domestic big leaguers came out, participation in the field training of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team became unclear.
Even during the Lunar New Year holidays, the WBC schedule that determines the world’s strongest baseball nation in March is running frantically, and it is noteworthy whether the Korean national team’s Plan B will be operated.
It is time for major countries participating in the WBC in March to reorganize their strategies to prepare for the spring camp policy of each Major League Baseball (MLB) club, which aims to keep players in the spring camp for as long as possible.
The Athletic, an American online sports media outlet, reported on the 23rd that the San Diego Padres club will call its fielders to a training camp on February 16th, train until early March, and send each player to the WBC national team.
Kim Ha-seong, who is entering the San Diego training ground in Peoria, Arizona, USA, is unlikely to be able to join the Korean baseball team’s WBC field training, which will be held from February 15 to 28 at the Keno Sports Complex in Tucson. Tucson and Peoria are two hours away by car.
Shortstop Kim Ha-seong and Korean Tommy ‘Hyun-soo’ Edman (St. Louis Cardinals), who will form a keystone duo in the WBC, will also build up their bodies at the St. Louis spring camp in Jupiter, Florida, USA, and are expected to join the national team from the evaluation match to be held in Japan with Kim Ha-seong in early March. Coming out.
The San Diego club also delayed the participation of its players in WBC training, citing that there are many rules that have changed this year and they need time to adapt and learn.
All MLB pitchers and fielders gather at the spring camp in mid-February and go through team tactical training, and from early March, they will develop a sense of actual combat through demonstration games. only the period
Each MLB team thinks of their own interests first rather than the WBC box office. As they focus on improving team organization, they have no choice but to block their players from joining the WBC national team early.
As the probability of the two players, who are the main players of the air defense, match their teammates in field training, the baseball team must also come up with an alternative strategy.
If Kim Ha-seong and Edmund cannot come, Oh Ji-hwan (LG Twins) will play shortstop and Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes) will play second base during the training period. Of the eight infielders, if three candidates for first baseman (Park Byeong-ho, Choi Ji-man, Kang Baek-ho) and third baseman Choi Jeong (SSG Landers) are excluded, only Oh Ji-hwan and Kim Hye-seong will naturally form a keystone combination.
Choi’s participation in the WBC itself is uncertain, and he must prepare for the gap in advance.
Choi Ji-man, who moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates, needs to be checked by the club first for his rehabilitation status following surgery to remove a bone fragment in his right elbow last year. If the Pittsburgh club does not allow him to participate in the end, regardless of Choi Ji-man’s intention, joining the national team will be forfeited. 슬롯사이트
According to the KBO Secretariat, which organizes and supports the WBC baseball team, Jae-il Oh (Samsung Lions) and outfielder Ji-hoon Choi (SSG) are ranked first as players who will wear the Taegeuk mark instead of Choi Ji-man.
Oh Jae-il gets a high score for first base defensive stability. Choi Ji-hoon, whom national team coach Lee Kang-cheol struggled with until the last entry selection, is a great runner and defensive agent.
The joining of the national team right before the tournament by MLB players is common to all 20 countries participating in the WBC finals. Japan, in particular, is expected to suffer from headaches when joining big leaguers such as Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels), Yu Darvish (San Diego), and Las Nutba (St. Louis), just like Korea.