On the 8th,

the best lineup for the opening of the WBC, Lee Kang-cheol,
Kim Hye-seong, Woo-wool, and Solo gun, overpowered
Hanshin Tigers and won 7-4 in the evaluation match Japan , the

US, and the Dominican Republic. The world’s best international baseball competition, the World Baseball Classic (WBC), established in 2006 by the US Major League Baseball (MLB) Secretariat and the Players Association, which is influential in tickets,

has returned after six years since the 4th tournament in 2017.

The 5th tournament, which was originally scheduled to be held in 2021, was postponed for two years in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).

Beginning with the opening game between Cuba and the Netherlands in the first round of the finals on the 8th, a competition will be held to see which country’s baseball is the strongest for about two weeks.

The goal of the 2023 WBC of the Korean baseball team is to advance to the semifinals for the first time in 14 years. In the previous four WBCs, Korea experienced both joy and frustration. In the first competition in 2006, she succeeded in advancing to the semifinals, and in the second competition in 2009, she reached the final and finished runner-up. With the 2008 Beijing Olympics held between the two competitions, the gold medal in all 9 matches overlapped, and Korean baseball reached a renaissance period. However, in the 2013 WBC, even after winning 2 wins and 1 loss in the first round of the finals, they failed to advance to the second round due to a goal difference.

With the recent two consecutive disasters at the WBC, the no-medal humiliation at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021, the violation of the Corona 19 quarantine rules by KBO league players, and the decrease in spectators due to Corona 19, the Korean baseball crisis theory is emerging. In order to overcome this situation, it is most important to achieve good results in the 2023 WBC.

The watershed for advancing to the quarterfinals, the first gateway to the semifinals or higher, is the match against Australia, the first game of the tournament, which will be held on the 9th. Considering that Japan, which will meet on the 10th, is one level ahead, and the Czech Republic and China, which will meet on the 12th and 13th, are two or three numbers lower, it is expected that a ticket to the quarterfinals, which will be given to second place in the group, will be overshadowed depending on whether they win against Australia.

Koh Young-pyo, a sidearm pitcher with whom opponents are relatively unfamiliar, is likely to be selected as the starter for the match against Australia. Against Australian hitters who are good at fast balls, Ko Young-pyo’s unique speed is slow, but if he produces a lot of ground balls through messy pitches and his main weapon changeup, he can play the game much easier.

This tournament is expected to be held as the most spectacular tournament in the history of the WBC with the participation of major league special stars in a row. Japan, which left the most spectacular records in the WBC, such as winning in 2006 and 2009 and semifinals in 2013 and 2017, and the United States, the home country of baseball that competes as a ‘defending champion’, are the ‘Big 3’ who are likely to win this tournament. Dominican Republic is considered. Japan is challenging its third title with strong pitching staff and Shohei Otani (LA Angels), who conquered the big leagues with a pitching double job that was unlikely to be seen in modern baseball.

The U.S. is determined to suppress the power of the relatively weak mound with the batting line by mobilizing all-star fielders, including Mike Trout (Angels).

The Dominican Republic, which produces the second largest number of players in the major leagues after the United States, is considered to be the team with the most outstanding pitching harmony.

Meanwhile, the Korean national team won 7-4 in a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 7th. Korea, which lost 2-4 to the Orix Buffaloes with 1.5 to 2 division players due to consecutive infield defensive errors the previous day, overwhelmed Hanshin with most of the first team players by operating the best lineup.

Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Hyun-soo Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) showed major league-level defense one after another, and Choi Jeong (SSG), who missed the previous day’s selection due to poor physical condition, also played normally this day and recorded a hit and a loss, and his physical condition was fine. notified Infielder Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom), who played as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning, hit a superior solo shot.메이저사이트

However, sidearm Jung Woo-young (LG), who should play a key role in the bullpen, took the mound in the 8th inning and failed to catch a single out count.

After completing their official training schedule in Osaka, the national team moved to Tokyo, the decisive battleground, by Shinkansen. After adapting to the Tokyo Dome on the 8th, they will play their first game against Australia on the 9th.

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