“After selecting the best members according to the selection criteria…”
A gaze to catch two rabbits: generational change and grades. There was no Hanwha Eagles in it.
On the 4th, at the Baseball Hall in Dogok-dong, Seoul, the final 30-member list of the Korean national team to participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) was announced. At the press conference, Cho Bum-hyeon, technical director of the national team, and Lee Kang-cheol, coach of the WBC team, were present. 스포츠토토
The lineup consisted of 15 pitchers, 2 catchers, 8 infielders and 5 outfielders. In particular, the mound (So Hyeong-joon, Won Tae-in, Kwak Bin, Jung Cheol-won, Kim Yun-sik, and Lee Eui-ri) and three foreign pitchers (Kim Ha-seong, Choi Ji-man, and Tommy Edman) draw attention. Regarding the controversy over ‘160 km pitcher’ Ahn Woo-jin, who was interested in whether to join or not, he declared an end to the controversy, saying, “We considered various things, such as the symbolic meaning of representing the country, responsibility, and pride, along with skills.”
And one more thing. There was no ‘distribution between clubs’. As a result, the national team selection was made in which the difference in power between the clubs was clearly revealed.
The LG Twins included a total of 6 players, 3 pitchers each. KT has 4 people, Kiwoom KIA NC Doosan has 3 people, Lotte SSG has 2 people, and Samsung has 1 person. Hanwha has no one.
Regarding this, chairman Jo Bum-hyeon explained, “I feel sorry for the (Hanwha) team. However, as we selected the best member according to our selection criteria, we unintentionally left out.”
He added, “There was a selection discussion. A third catcher was also discussed, and a first baseman was also mentioned. However, it was omitted from the final list.”
Initially, new pitcher Moon Dong-ju, catcher Choi Jae-hoon, and FA recruiter Chae Eun-seong were mentioned as candidates for Hanwha, but they were not found in the final list. As a Hanwha fan, I came to watch the WBC with regret.