Ryu Jung-il-ho tries to overcome ‘WBC scandal’ to win title

June 9, 2023 0 Comments

South Korea’s baseball team for the Hangzhou Asian Games has been named. A high school pitcher and a rookie catcher are among the names, as a younger squad looks to overcome a poor WBC showing and a drinking scandal.

Haeun Choi is a reporter.메이저사이트


Ahead of the roster announcement, the team’s head coach started with an apology.

[Ryu Joong-il/Asian Games Baseball Team Manager] I would like to say that I feel a great responsibility as a baseball person and am sorry for the controversy involving some players on the WBC team].

Doosan’s Chung Chul-won, who was fined for his part in the WBC drinking scandal, was left off the final roster.

The average age is around 23 years old, four years younger than the last tournament, and for the first time, the age limit was put in place with an emphasis on generational change.

Yongmago pitcher Jang Hyun-seok, who made the seniors nervous on “Strongest Baseball,” also made the list.

This is the first time an 18-year-old high school student will be competing in the Asian Games under the Taeguk mark.

[Cho Kye-hyun/KBO Power Enhancement Committee Chairman: Jang Hyun-seok received the most points from our committee in terms of his delivery, speed, and game management].

The catcher spot, which was expected to be filled by a wild card, also went to high school rookie Kim Dong-hun.

Injury-rehabbing pitcher Koo Chang-moe and Park Se-woong joined the team as wildcards, while outfielder Choi Won-joon, who is on the verge of a commercial career, also caught the eye with his selection.

The team explained that the selection prioritised team strength, as the team five years ago was mired in controversy over military service benefits after winning gold.

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