The baseball team returned to Korea on the 14th with the report card of being eliminated in the first round three times in a row. The baseball team players who participated in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) with the Taegeuk mark are now wearing their team uniforms again to prepare for the season opening.
The baseball team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol (KT Wiz), was in Group B along with Japan, Australia, Czech Republic and China in the first round of the WBC. Although they posted a record of 2 wins and 2 losses, they lost their first game against Australia and their next opponent, Japan, in a row.mma 토토
They failed to advance to the second round (quarterfinals) as they finished third in their group behind Australia, who won 3 wins and 1 loss. Baseball fans criticize the results of ‘Lee Kang-cheol-ho’. Coach Lee’s pitching staff and game management were criticized.
However, it is coach Lee, the national team coaching staff, players, and support staff who have suffered the most under the greatest pressure for performance and results.
Among the national team players, Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) and Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) did not come to Incheon Airport. I went straight to the US from Japan. This is because you have to join a team belonging to the Major League (MLB) right away.
Kim Ha-seong, who moved to the United States, greeted fans through his social media (SNS) on the 15th (Korean time). He offered an apology.
Ha-seong Kim wrote, “I wanted to put on the Taegeuk mark again in three years and do well. I’m sorry for disappointing the people and baseball fans in this tournament, where I had a great desire to get good results.”
He continued, “The results are the responsibility of the players who participated in the tournament. I think it’s natural to be criticized. The pain that not only me but all the players suffered through this tournament makes us stronger, and this tournament became a stepping stone to make us stronger.” I believe it will grow,” he added.
For Ha-seong Kim, this tournament was also meaningful. After 4 years since Premier 12 in 2019, the Taegeuk mark was put on again. It was also the first international competition he faced after advancing to the MLB.
American local media, including MLB.com, also evaluated the Keystone combination of Kim Ha-seong and Edman as ‘the best defense’. Even before the start of the tournament, Kim Ha-seong was determined enough to mention several times, “I have to go to America.”
However, he did not get the desired result. Kim Ha-seong concluded the article by writing, “Once again, I am sorry and grateful to those who supported Team Korea.”
He recorded 3 hits (3 homers) and 6 RBIs in 16 at-bats in this tournament. He boasted slugging power, although three home runs did not come against Australia and Japan. With his regretful heart behind, Kim Ha-seong joins the San Diego team and prepares for the season opening by digesting the spring camp demonstration game.
The opening day of the MLB season is the 31st in Korean time. San Diego will open the day against the Colorado Rockies