Park Byung-ho (37, KT) will also appear as a “savior” in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. He literally became the core power of the core.
On the 6th, the WBC national team excluded major leaguer Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh), who did not receive consent from his club to participate in the tournament on the 6th, from the final entry. As a substitute, he chose outfielder Choi Ji-hoon (SSG). Choi Ji-hoon, who is a hard hitter and first baseman, and Choi Ji-hoon, who is a completely different type, was reinforced in the final entry as a major runner and defense resource, not as a main player. Because Park Byeong-ho is there.
The first basemen selected by the national team were Park Byeong-ho, Choi Ji-man, and Kang Baek-ho (KT). The idea was to place Choi Ji-man as the starting first baseman and Park Byung-ho as the designated hitter, while sharing the backup first baseman with Kang Baek-ho depending on the game. Park Byung-ho’s defense is very stable, but this is because he has just finished rehabilitation after injuring his ankle at the end of last season.
However, with Choi Ji-man unable to play, Park Byeong-ho eventually became the starting first baseman. Kang Baek-ho is expected to play first-base backup and outfielder Kim Hyun-soo to defend first base when needed.
Park Byeong-ho’s presence had a decisive influence on the decision to replace Choi Ji-man. Technical Committee Chairman Beom-Hyeon Cho said, “At first, we discussed reinforcing with the same first baseman. It was because of Park Byeong-ho’s ankle. So director Lee Kang-chul personally confirmed it. He was confirmed by his trainer that he had no problem playing first base defense in the tournament. Since Byeong-ho Park is there, Baek-ho Kang and Hyun-soo Kim can be backups, so we decided that there was no need to reinforce the first baseman for defense, so we selected players in other positions.” Park Byung-ho said, “His ankle was in almost perfect condition” at the time he was heading to the US camp. 바카라
Manager Lee Kang-cheol planned to appoint Choi Ji-man as the first baseman number 4 if he could play. The plan immediately moved to Park Byeong-ho. Park Byung-ho, who holds the record for the most home runs in the KBO League, regained the home run title when he transferred to KT last season and completely revived it. There is no other hitter in the national team with more long-running power than Park Byung-ho. With Choi Ji-man absent, Park Byung-ho will be responsible for the national team’s long hits. It seems that Park Byeong-ho will also be the fourth hitter.
Park Byeong-ho, the best first baseman in the KBO League, became a free agent last year and decided to take on the designated hitter while transferring to KT, trying to support the previous KT first baseman Kang Baek-ho. However, as Kang Baek-ho was injured before the opening and had a long hiatus, Park Byeong-ho played full-time first baseman from the opening and led KT to fall baseball, winning home run king and first baseman Golden Glove in three years. Regarding Park Byeong-ho, who actually saved KT last season, coach Lee Kang-cheol emphasized his presence and contribution throughout the season, saying, “I am dizzy what would have happened if Park Byung-ho had not been recruited.”
This WBC is a tournament where Park Byung-ho is determined to be the last opportunity to represent the country after wearing the Taegeuk mark again after four years. Director Lee Kang-cheol took the baton. Coincidentally, unlike the plan, the first baseman and center hitter concept went wrong. Fortunately, there is also Park Byeong-ho.