Who will be the next host of the baseball team? It is still unpredictable.
KBO and KBSA announced preliminary entries for the Hangzhou Asian Games on the 28th. The adult baseball team, which has suffered a devastating failure in recent international competitions, will embark on a full-fledged generational change starting with the Asian Games.
That will is contained in the preliminary entry. Players under the age of 25, who have been in the professional league for 4 years or less, were selected mainly according to the pre-determined self-regulation. Players with controversial issues outside of baseball were not even included in the preliminary entry. Most of the wild card players, who can be picked regardless of age, are in their 20s.
The final entry announcement is in June, but already some outlines are being drawn around players with outstanding recent performances. But the most important position is the catcher.
The National Team Power Reinforcement Committee selected 19 players for the catcher position among the preliminary entries, and 9 of them are wild card players. Joon-tae Kim (KT), Gi-yeon Kim (LG), Jae-seong Kim (Samsung), Seung-hyeon Jang (Doosan), Dae-on Park, Jung-yeol An (NC), Sang-eon Park (Hanwha), Seung-taek Han, Hyo-sang Ju (KIA). Almost half of the wild card players are eligible. It is overwhelmingly more than other positions. 토토사이트
For the past 15 years, Kang Min-ho and Yang Eui-ji have been compatible as the main catchers for the national team. In recent years, Eui-Ji Yang has been active as the undisputed No. 1 catcher and center hitter. However, veteran catchers from each team, such as Yang Eui-ji, Kang Min-ho, Yoo Kang-nam, Park Dong-won, Park Se-hyuk, Lee Ji-young, and Jang Seong-woo, were all missing from the preliminary entry for the Asian Games. It is a strong will to change generations.
However, it is still close to unpredictable who will be the main catcher for this Asian game. Jang Seung-hyeon, Han Seung-taek, and Kim Jun-tae, born in 1994, are the oldest and most experienced. Non-wild card reserve entry catchers include Kim Dong-hun (Kiwoom) Jeon Gyeong-won Cho Hyeong-woo (SSG) Kim Hyung-joon (NC) Kang Hyun-woo (KT) Park Yoo-yeon (Doosan) Jeong Bo-geun (Lotte) Lee Byung-hun (Samsung) Heo Gwan-hoe (Hanwha), etc. It is a promising class that is being built.
The importance of the catcher, especially the main catcher position of the national team, cannot be emphasized too many times. This is because he leads the pitchers to a stable lead while holding the center of the defense. This is especially true in short-term international competitions where one or two meticulous plays can lead to irreversible results. So, catchers representing the league have been active as the main catchers for the national team, and it is a position with a lot of pressure and weight. In a tournament where pitchers in their early and mid-20s participate like this time, the catcher’s role is inevitably essential. For this reason, the probability of using one out of three wild cards in the catcher position seems relatively high.
As Yang Eui-ji virtually announced his retirement from the national team, it is true that now is the time to nurture the next starting catcher. So far, there is no outstanding candidate, but it depends on what and how to show for the remaining time of about a month.