The 2023 KBO league demonstration game, in which each team plays 14 games, is quickly approaching halfway, and there are only 10 days left until the opening of the regular league on April 1st.
However, it is difficult to find the face of the national team that participated in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) in the demonstration game.
After losing to Australia and Japan in the first round of the finals, the WBC national team won against the Czech Republic and China, and was eliminated in the first round three times in a row, remaining in third place with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. And on the 14th, I returned from Japan through Incheon International Airport.
It is said that it is difficult to participate immediately after returning to the demonstration game held on the 13th, but after taking a day off on the 15th, it is possible to participate in the game on the 16th. There is no need to adjust to jet lag after returning from Japan.
In fact, Park Hae-min, Oh Ji-hwan (above LG Twins), Kim Hye-sung and Lee Ji-young (above Kiwoom Heroes) started an exhibition game on the 16th. Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom) also went on a business trip from the 17th. Park Kun-woo (NC Dinos) was selected for the SSG match on the 18th, and Yang Eui-ji (NC) started as a pinch hitter on the 19th.
The results of the representative players who participated as batters in the demonstration games are somewhat mixed.
Lee Jung-hoo hit a home run in 2 consecutive games in 3 games and went 4 hits in 6 at-bats (0.667 batting average) and 5 RBIs, showing his ability as the top hitter, while Oh Ji-hwan also recorded 3 hits in 6 at-bats.
However, Kim Hye-seong, who took the leadoff, went hitless in 4 games, while Park Hae-min got his first hit in 7 at-bats in 3 games.
And pitchers Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri (above KIA Tigers) appeared as starters and bullpen side by side against Doosan in Gwangju on the 19th and pitched more than 3 innings each.
Yang Hyeon-jong, who started as a starter, got 3 consecutive hits and a 3-run home run against Australia with 3 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and no runs. He struck out 3 and allowed 1 run, becoming the winning pitcher in the demonstration game.
Excluding Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Hyeon-soo Edman (St. Louis Cardinals), who were together overseas, only nine two-hitters out of the 28 WBC representatives participated in the demonstration game. The remaining 19 have yet to show their faces.
In particular, most pitchers are not pitching.
Including Kwang-Hyun Kim (SSG), Woo-Seok Koh Woo-Young Jung, Yoon-Sik Kim (LG Twins), Young-Pyo Koh, So-Jun Sohn (Kt Wiz), Yong-Chan Lee, Chang-Mo Koo (NC), Tae-In Won (Samsung), Se-Woong Park, Won-Joong Kim (Lotte Giants), Bin Kwak, Chul-Won Jeong (Doosan), etc. 13 The name is unclassified.
As batters, Choi Jung, Choi Ji-hoon (above SSG), Kim Hyeon-soo (LG), Park Byeong-ho, Kang Baek-ho (above kt), and Na Seong-beom (KIA) did not play.
Excluding Go Woo-seok, who could not be seen at the WBC due to neck pain, the rest of the pitchers do not seem to be unable to play due to injuries or excessive work.
It seems to be a management dimension to relieve the accumulated fatigue caused by the national team trip. If it is not this, he may be receiving psychological treatment because he has not yet recovered from the shock of being eliminated in the first round of the WBC 3 times in a row.
This season, for the first time in three years, all 10 clubs held spring camp abroad in a warm environment. 토토사이트 Each team gave an evaluation that they were satisfied with the overall training, unlike when they trained in a cold country with Corona 19. Of course, the WBC national team is no exception.
And despite being eliminated from the WBC, there are more fans than expected in the demonstration game.
There is no better training than practice. Rather than turning a blind eye to demonstration games because of poor condition, it is a better way to improve your condition through actual matches and prepare for the regular league. It is also a way to repay the support of the fans who are looking for demonstration games.