At the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March 2023, the Korean national team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, is expected to be able to build an all-time infield team.
Choi Ji-man (32), who will play for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 2023 season, left for the United States via Incheon International Airport on the 8th. He is waiting for permission from his new team as to whether he can participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Before leaving Choi Ji-man, “A lot of people are curious about it now, but I really want to go (to the WBC). But the team hasn’t decided yet. He continues to appeal to the team. The team will check your physical condition first. We are waiting for now,” he explained.
On the afternoon of the 4th, KBO held a press conference to announce the WBC national team entry at the Baseball Hall in Dogok-dong, Seoul, and announced the final 30 entries for the WBC scheduled to be held in March next year.
Choi Ji-man, along with Choi Jeong (SSG), Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom), Oh Ji-hwan (LG), Park Byung-ho (KT), Kang Baek-ho (KT), Kim Ha-seong, and Tommy Edman (St. sweetened
If it is confirmed that Choi Ji-man will wear the Taegeuk mark for the first time in his life without permission from the Pittsburgh club, the Korean national team can build an all-time infielder.
First baseman Choi Ji-man and the infield keystone combination can all be promoted as active major leaguers.
The first player to stand out is Tommy “Hyunsoo” Edman. he is of Korean descent His mother is Korean. He is the second son of his father, John Edman, and his mother, Kwak Kyung-ah.
Edmund made his big league debut in 2019 in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. He was also a teammate of SSG Landers ‘Ace’ Kim Gwang-hyeon. Edmund is recording a batting average of .269, 40 homers, and 175 RBIs in 459 games in four big league seasons until last season.
He even won the 2021 National League Gold Glove last year. His batting prowess remains a record, and his defensive prowess has earned him Gold Glove recognition. The Major League Gold Glove is awarded based on defense rather than hitting. 스포츠토토
Choi Ji-man also acknowledged Edmund’s ability. “Edman is a very good player,” he said. Choi Ji-man was the first baseman for Tampa Bay. Here, there is Kim Ha-seong, who was in charge of the center line by playing as a KBO representative shortstop, then alternately playing second baseman and shortstop in San Diego.
Ha-seong Kim was recognized for his defense enough to be the final candidate for the 2022 Gold Glove NL shortstop. His batting performance also improved from his debut season in the big leagues in 2021, recording a batting average of 2.5 1 Lee, 11 homers, 59 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .325, a slugging percentage of .383, and an OPS of .708 in 150 games last year.
He can be made up of active major leaguers, including first baseman, second baseman, and even shortstop. Here are Oh Ji-hwan (LG Twins), who won the Golden Gloves in the KBO shortstop category in 2022, and Choi Jeong (SSG Landers), the protagonist in the third baseman category. Oh Ji-hwan is a player with both offense and defense, and Choi Jeong-eun is the KBO’s representative home run hitter.
The infield team of the Korean national team is attracting attention as it will be able to show its competitiveness on the international stage.
Choi Ji-man said, “I always stick with them, but the Dominican Republic and the United States are the strongest teams, so I want to play with them. So is Japan. I want to play with all the teams once.”
Starting with Choi Ji-man, Edmund, and Kim Ha-seong, KBO league representative infielders are heading to the WBC. All of them are ‘airborne doubles’. This is why we are looking forward to the formation of the best infield team of the Korean national team..