KIA Tigers pitcher Lee Eui-ri’s 2023 season is not over yet. This is why the selection of the baseball team for the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) is highly likely. National team coach Ryu Joong-il, who faced controversy over the replacement of the Hangzhou Asian Games entry, is expected to select Lee Ui-ri again.
KBO appointed coach Ryu Joong-il as the national team coach for the APBC 2023 tournament, which will be held at Tokyo Dome in Japan from November 16th to 19th. The APBC tournament is a national competition in which players under the age of 24 or within three years of joining the team participate. Including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia are participating.짱구카지노
Coach Ryu Joong-il, who led the Hangzhou Asian Games gold medal, was also appointed as APBC head coach in consideration of national team continuity. The 26 final entries for APBC 2023 will be announced at a press conference held by the coaches of the four participating countries in Tokyo on October 24.
One of the factors that received the most attention regarding the final entry of the APBC national team was whether or not Lee Ui-ri was selected. Lee Ui-ri, who was selected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2023 WBC national team, had to go through the shocking controversy over replacement of the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games. The personal injury suffered by the player, which he could not express outwardly when the replacement was announced, was also significant.
The day before the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games was called up, Lee Ui-ri switched places with outfielder Yoon Dong-hee in the entry list. The ostensible reason for the replacement was a finger blister injury. However, Lee Ui-ri immediately took the mound as a starter for his team in the regular season (7 innings, 77 pitches, no runs against NC on September 27th) without any problems, proving that there were no aftereffects of finger blisters. Lee Ui-ri showed better pitching results with an ERA of 2.25 and 20 strikeouts in three appearances in October.
Lee was in a mood to end this season with his team being eliminated from the postseason. However, Lee Ui-ri, who was included in the APBC national team preliminary entry, still had a chance of being selected as the final entry for the national team. As a result of MK Sports’ coverage, there is a greater possibility that the KBO Strengthening Committee, which replaced Lee Ui-ri in the Hangzhou Asian Games national team entry, will bring Lee Ui-ri to the APBC 2023 competition.
One baseball official said, “I heard that the KBO Strengthening Committee gave high marks to Lee Ui-ri’s pitching at the end of the regular season. He also hinted, “I understand that the committee’s opinion was gathered on the selection of Lee Ui-ri because there are not enough resources to select a left-hander in this preliminary entry for the national team.”
Even though Lee Ui-ri experienced controversy over the replacement of the Asian Games national team, he said, “I will be ready to participate at any time if the national team calls me in the future.” If Lee Ui-ri joins the APBC national team convened in early November, he will meet coach Ryu Joong-il, who said during the Asian Games replacement controversy, “I personally feel sorry (about the decision to replace Lee Ui-ri).” Attention is being paid to whether Lee Ui-ri will be able to shake off the regret of the Asian Games replacement controversy from the APBC national team.