The Hanwha Eagles once again bowed their heads in front of the cold reality.
There were no names of players belonging to Hanwha in the final 30-member list of the 2023 World Baseball Classic Korea national team announced on the 4th.
The 50-member interest list announced in November 2022 included Chae Eun-seong, Kim Bum-soo, Noh Si-hwan, and Moon Dong-joo, but Hanwha was eventually eliminated at the final stage.
Hanwha suffered last-place humiliation for three consecutive seasons from the 2020 season to the 2022 season. It is in the midst of a rebuilding season, and it has found some hidden gems in it, but it was not selected by WBC coach Lee Kang-cheol and the technical committee.
Hanwha was unable to select a single national team member for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12 held four years ago. At the 2021 Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan, it was the last time Kim Min-woo wore the national team uniform.
Cho Beom-hyeon, technical director of the WBC national team, said, “I’m sorry, but we were also selected based on the best standards, so we were unintentionally left out메이저사이트. I did consider some players. I am sorry,” he said.
The WBC is the last remaining pride of baseball without any world-renowned international competitions. In order to revive baseball’s falling popularity around the world, several countries, including the United States, are participating in this tournament with their best efforts. It is a situation where even the last pride has been abandoned to the extent that it is possible to choose the country of origin according to the lineage of parents or grandparents and the place of birth, regardless of nationality, not even naturalization.
Hanwha failed to select a single player in the best competition after preparing the best power. Of course, Hanwha also has many players with promising futures, but the WBC is not a competition for promising players. Only the best can come out, and Hanwha did not have ‘the best’.
The reality is miserable, but it is something that should be used as motivation. Hanwha has many young and talented players. There are not a few future national representatives such as Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun. I can only hope that they will grow up and save Hanwha’s pride.