안전놀이터 Lee Kang-cheol of the Korean baseball team, who is aiming for the semifinals of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), has faced a challenge.
The Athletic, an American online sports media, said on the 22nd (local time), “The San Diego Beasts participating in the WBC must join the team spring camp held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, USA by February 16th.” It is reported that he will be selected for the national team after digesting team training.”
The WBC team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, will return to Korea after training at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona from February 14 to 27, and will depart for Japan on March 5.
As a result, Kim Ha-seong is unlikely to be able to participate in the WBC Korean national team’s spring camp.
Ha-seong Kim, a major leaguer, is the core power of the national team. On defense, he is expected to form a keystone with St. Louis Cardinals infielder Tommy Hyeon-su Edmon and play the role of a table setter in the national team’s batting line.
Kim Ha-seong is expected to join the practice game schedule in Japan, but due to joining his team’s San Diego spring camp, he has less time to work with his teammates.
Of course, the situation is the same in Japan, where five major leaguers, including Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) and Yu Darvish (San Diego), represent the WBC. However, since Japan has such a large player base, it seems that the blow will be less than that of Korea.
The WBC, which is supervised by the MLB Secretariat, also includes active major leaguers, but it is not compulsory for the national team to participate in field training.
The spring camp is very important for players who are not big star-level, high-paid players on the team, as they have to make eye contact with the coaching staff.
Because of this, players who are still in an unstable position in their team may be burdened with participating in the WBC. The reason why most major league clubs do not welcome the participation of the WBC, which is at risk of injury, is also why they cannot readily step forward.
First of all, three major leaguers from Korea, including Kim Ha-seong, Edmon, and Choi Ji-man, were listed in the WBC entry. However, like Kim Ha-seong, Edmund and Choi Ji-man’s joining of the national team is expected to be delayed after March.