On the 20th (Korean time), Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

The Korean national baseball team, which will participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) next month, played a practice game against the KIA Tigers that day. And pitchers such as Kim Gwang-hyeon, Lee Yong-chan, Ko Young-pyo, and Ko Woo-seok, who did not appear in the practice game, proceeded with bullpen pitching in the bullpen next to the training ground.메이저이트

When Kim Kwang-hyun warmed up and started throwing the ball, a pitcher from the national team stood far behind. It was left-handed pitcher Gu Chang-mo. Gu Chang-mo looked at Kim Gwang-hyeon’s pitching from a distance where he did not interfere with the senior. Knowing that Koo Chang-mo was looking at Kim Gwang-hyun, national team coach Lee Kang-cheol approached Koo Chang-mo and talked about Kim Gwang-hyun together.

Gu Chang-mo is one of the ‘left-handed successors of the national team’ selected by Kim Gwang-hyun. It is a rare opportunity for Koo Chang-mo to see Kim Gwang-hyeon pitching up close, who is becoming a KBO legend pitcher. In the middle, other pitchers came and watched and then left, but Gu Chang-mo kept his seat until Kim Gwang-hyun finished pitching and moved to training.

Koo Chang-mo told the reporter, “Seeing Kim Gwang-hyun throw, he is also relaxed and knows how to put the ball in the corner he wants. There are a lot of things to learn. It’s nice that everyone answered well like an older brother,” he said, expressing his impressions of watching Kim Gwang-hyun’s pitching.

If you learn pitching from Kim Gwang-hyun, Yang Hyeon-jong, who recorded 170 innings in 8 consecutive seasons, is receiving inning digestibility. Koo Chang-mo said, “I asked a lot of questions from senior Yang Hyun-jong because I wanted to learn how to throw innings for a long time even if I met him during the season.”

Yang Hyeon-jong advised Koo Chang-mo, “Even if you are sick now, you have seen and tried everything. It was a good experience, so I will do well this year.” Koo Chang-mo thanked the senior, saying, “I gained confidence through senior Yang Hyeon-jong’s advice. Now I know what to do.”

Gu Chang-mo, who joined the NC in the 3rd place in the 2nd round of the 2nd round in 2015, won 10 wins for the first time as an NC left-hander in 2019, but has never filled the regulation innings yet. Nevertheless, NC signed a non-FA multi-year contract worth up to 13.2 billion won in 6+1 this winter in order to hold on to the selection resource named Chang-mo Koo for a long time.

Koo Chang-mo, who has a great sense of responsibility as he signed a good contract, is spending his time studying in the national team using the two best left-handed seniors in the KBO as textbooks. For the time being, there are no international competitions for Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong to participate. Now, Koo Chang-mo has to be in charge of selecting the left-hander for the national team. For Koo Chang-mo, this WBC national team boarding is the best ‘learning’ opportunity.

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