Yesterday (10th), in the second game of the World Baseball Classic group stage, Korea lost heavily to Japan, clearly showing the reality of Korean baseball. There is even an analysis that the image of a baseball powerhouse collapsed as it stagnated alone while the world developed.
This is reporter Seonghoon Lee from Tokyo.
In the meantime, international competition results have served as a ‘quality guarantee’ for Korean baseball.
The good results of the 2006 and 2009 WBC, the 2008 Olympics, and the 2015 Premier 12 instilled awareness among fans of the high level of Korean baseball and supported the popularity of professional baseball.
However, following the ‘no medal shock’ at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, the WBC’s consecutive defeats revealed the fact that Korea is a ‘frog in the well’.
The decline in the relative level of Korean baseball is nothing new.
Since the debuts of Ryu Hyun-jin, Kim Gwang-hyun, and Yang Hyeon-jong, who led the golden age of international competitions, Korean baseball has not been able to develop a single ‘world-class pitcher’ for over 10 years.
In addition to the young aces of the national team such as Ohtani and Sasaki, world-class pitchers appear one after another, forming a stark contrast with Japan, which cannot pick them all.
It was only last year that Ahn Woo-jin developed into a pitcher coveted by the major leagues, but he painfully confirmed that he could not wear the Taegeuk mark because of his history of school violence, and that the rest of the young pitchers had a long way to go. 카지노사이트
[Lee Kang-chul/WBC national team coach: Since they are young players, they have accumulated good experiences, so I think that if there is a good match next time, they will come up a little more.] Besides, the tournament is held in Japan, but since we set up a training camp in the United States, the players can move and move
. The poor preparation process, which was exhausted due to jet lag, also contributed to the so-called ‘Tokyo Dome Disaster’.
This tournament, which was aimed at restoring the honor of Korean baseball, is becoming a heartbreaking time that clearly reveals the level gap with the baseball powerhouses that are increasingly widening.
After winning their remaining two games, the national team was forced to hope that Australia, which won its second consecutive victory after defeating China today, will lose to Japan and the Czech Republic.
On the other hand, the KBO announced that it had made an official complaint to the organizing committee regarding the incident in which the rising sun flag appeared in the stands during the Korea-Japan match yesterday.