WBC baseball team convocation D-7… Gather all but two big leaguers

Reporter Jang Hyeon-gu = The call-up training for the Korean baseball team to participate in the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC), which opens next month, is approaching in a week.

The players selected for the WBC final entry (30 players) will gather at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA on February 15, Korean time, and begin training.

Excluding two big leaguers, Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) and Tommy Hyeon-su Edman (28, St. Louis Cardinals), who are participating in spring camp training for an American professional baseball major league (MLB) team, 28 players and coaches are on the team for the first time since the formation of the national team. align hands and feet

Of the 10 professional baseball teams, SSG Landers (Florida), Kiwoom Heroes, LG Twins, kt wiz, KIA Tigers, and NC Dinos (Arizona), who are training in winter in the United States, are in need of movement. There is no big crowd.

However, pitcher Won Tae-in and pitching coach Jeong Hyeon-wook (above Samsung Lions) training in Okinawa, Japan, catcher Eui-ji Yang and pitchers Gwak Bin and Jeong Cheol-won (above Doosan Bears) sweating in Sydney, Australia, pitchers Won-joong Kim and Sae-woong Park who spend the winter in Guam Eight people, including bullpen coach Bae Young-soo (above Lotte Giants), have to travel long distances.

After moving to Korea on the 13th, they will leave for the US on the 14th. On the afternoon of the 14th local time, I unpacked my luggage at the national team accommodation.

The national team players, who are gradually increasing their intensity in accordance with their current team’s spring camp training program, will play a real-life game immediately upon convocation.

On the 15th and 16th, we matched our hands and feet with only two days of practice due to time difference adaptation, etc. Starting with the evaluation match against NC on the 17th, we will verify our skills by facing KIA (20th), kt (23rd and 25th), and LG (27th) one after another. . 메이저놀이터

The key to the joint training of the national team is how fast pitchers can increase their speed and pitch, close to the regular league match.

The national team will return to Korea on the morning of March 1 after completing joint training with the United States and start training in Korea on that day.

An official from the KBO Secretariat, which supports the training of the WBC team, said, “Ha-seong Kim and Edman Hyeon-soo are aiming to join the practice that will be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 1 after playing major league demonstration games for their team.” said.

After playing more practice games in Korea, the national team will go to Japan on March 4 and play the final match against the Japanese professional baseball Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers on March 6-7 in Osaka and enter the Tokyo Dome where the first round of Group B of the finals will be held. .

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