The Japanese media showed deep interest in the final entry of the Korean national team to compete in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March. We introduced in detail KBO hitter Lee Jung-hoo as well as Park Byeong-ho, who is likely to be placed in the center of the batting line.
Japanese media ‘Full Count’ said on the 4th, “Korea announced the final list of 30 WBC players. Active major leaguers include San Diego’s Ha-seong Kim, Pittsburgh’s Ji-man Choi, and St. Louis’ Tommy Edman.” There is Kim Gwang-hyun of SSG who participated in the Olympics and another veteran KIA Yang Hyeon-jong.”
“Among the infielders, Park Byung-ho, the KBO home run king in the 2022 season, was named,” he said.
Korea, led by KT Wiz coach Lee Kang-chul, was placed in Group B in the first round of the 2023 WBC finals along with Australia, Japan, the Czech Republic and China. In the 2013 and 2017 tournaments, he tasted the pain of being knocked out in the first round, and he aims to restore his honor in this tournament.
In order for Korea to pass the first round smoothly, it is just as important for the hitters’ bats to explode as it is for the pitchers’ shoulders토토사이트. Lee Seung-yeop in the 2006 tournament and Kim Tae-gyun in the 2009 tournament easily solved the game by swinging hard hits at every chance, but in the 2013 and 2017 tournaments, the sluggishness of the main hitters had a great influence on the failure to advance to the second round.
Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), Park Byeong-ho, Kang Baek-ho (KT), Choi Jeong (SSG), Kim Hyeon-soo (LG), Na Seong-beom (KIA), etc. It can surpass Japan, which has built up its military power.
In the case of Park Byung-ho, who became the home run king for the 6th time in his personal career last year, this is his first appearance in the WBC. He won the KBO home run king in 2012 and opened his prime, but he was not named to the WBC national team entry held the following year. He was pushed aside by veterans with rich experience in international competitions, such as Lee Dae-ho, Kim Tae-gyun, and Lee Seung-yeop. The 2017 WBC held in Korea was canceled due to injury.
Park Byeong-ho is currently recovering from a right ankle injury sustained during the season last year, but coach Lee believes there will be no major problems joining the WBC national team. As an individual, Park Byeong-ho also served as the national team’s fourth hitter in the 2019 Premier 12, but it is an opportunity to shake off the regret of not having a home run in poor condition.
Coach Lee explained, “If Park Byung-ho is in perfect physical condition, it will be of great help in defense and slugging power.