The Japanese media paid attention to Lee Kang-chul, coach of the Korean national baseball team, in mentioning the goal of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Japanese media ‘Nikkan Sports’ reported on the 28th, citing Korean media reports, “Lee Kang-cheol, the coach of the Korean WBC national team, announced that Korean players playing in the major leagues are expected to join the tournament a week before.”
On the 27th, Director Lee departed for Arizona, USA via Incheon International Airport. Coach Lee will lead the spring camp of his team, KT Wiz, from the 29th, and then convene the WBC national team from the 13th of next month to start preparing for the tournament in earnest.
However, it seems that big leaguers such as Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) will be able to join the Gocheok Sky Dome training in early March. In the case of Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh Pirates), the team has not yet cooperated with the team. 스포츠토토
Korea was placed in Group B along with Australia, Japan, China, and the Czech Republic in this WBC. Only the top 2 out of 5 countries can advance to the quarterfinals. After achieving the runner-up feat in the 2009 tournament, he is aiming for the semifinals after shaking off the bitter taste of being eliminated in the first round in 2013 and 2017.
Prior to departure, Coach Lee said, “The WBC tournament has come and we have selected really good players. We will play as many matches as possible with these players so that they can feel the World Cup fever again.” . We ask for a lot of support,” he said.
‘Nikkan Sports’ also reported in detail the time table for preparing for the WBC in Korea. The focus was on the fact that Korean big leaguers would join their team late as they participated in their spring camp.
‘Nikkan Sports’ said, “Korea entered Osaka on March 4, and will play an evaluation match against Orix on the 6th and Hanshin on the 7th.” It is known that he said he would take it,” he explained.