Jung Geun-woo, Lee Yong-kyu, Lee Jong-wook, Ko Young-min… Even then, he caught Japan with ‘speed’￼
#Scene 1: In the 9th inning against Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifiers, Korea turned the tide 3-2, and Lee Jong-wook’s surprise bunt added one more run to 4-2. Right away, Lee Jong-wook stole second base, but a throw from Shinnosuke Abe, a flustered Japanese catcher, fell into a ‘heavy hit’ and led to an additional point.
#Scene 2: In the bottom of the 7th inning against Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics semi-finals, South Korea, which was chasing 1-2, hired Jeong Geun-woo as the lead runner when Lee Dae-ho got a walk after one out. Lee Jin-young’s right-handed hit came out on 1st and 2nd base, which was followed by Ko Young-min’s hit. However, right fielder Atsunori Inaba was playing forward defense, and the ball hit was short, making it unclear whether the ball was home. Jung Geun-woo, after turning third base at peak speed, brushed past home with a luxury slide that is still often seen in highlights of Korea-Japan matches to tie the game.
Around the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC), it was time for Korean and Japanese baseball to compete on an equal level. Although outstanding left-handed pitchers such as Ryu Hyun-jin and Kim Gwang-hyun added, the pitching staff changed, but above all, it was a time when Japan had the upper hand in the ‘speed battle’.
The three to four years from 2007 were the times when the ‘speed revolution’ struck Korean baseball. It wasn’t just speed to steal bases. From small movements in defense, including relay plays in the outfield, to every play, the speed increased. At that time, SK, coached by Kim Seong-geun, ignited speed baseball, and Doosan, coached by Kim Gyeong-moon, fired back with the title of ‘track and field’. The two teams changed the Korean baseball trend. Also, the national team at that time was lined with fast players such as Jung Geun-woo, Lee Yong-gyu, Lee Jong-wook, and Ko Young-min. 카지노
Since the 2010s, Korean baseball has changed considerably from a ‘speed game’ to a ‘power game’. In terms of international competitiveness, once again, attention is growing on the aspect of the Korean national team, which will participate in the WBC in 2023, while it is necessary to check again.
Most of all, on the 6th, Choi Ji-hoon (SSG) added Choi Ji-hoon (SSG), who had a history of surgery at the end of last year, to join the national team due to the opposition of his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Choi Ji-hoon is a fast-footed outfielder who recorded 31 stolen bases last year. He is a speed fight with a large runner and large defense ratio, but it seems to be highly utilized in many ways. Previously, it was also a sector that seemed to be somewhat weak in the composition of this national team. Last season, outfielder Park Hae-min (LG) with 24 stolen bases and infielder Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom) with 34 stolen bases were holding on, but when speed was needed to solve the game, the choice was limited to choose and use various cards.
Due to Choi Ji-man’s departure, the national team loses one ‘foe’ in a long-term game. But he got another car to take its place. Players who will play the role of ‘Po’ include Park Byeong-ho and Kang Baek-ho (KT), Choi Jeong (SSG), Na Seong-beom (KIA), and Yang Eui-ji (Doosan). Looking at the past competitions, maybe one ‘tea’ is more important. The team gained more speed.