Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego) is in danger of not being able to participate in the US national team training session prior to the World Baseball Classic (WC).
According to the American media The Athletic on the 22nd (local time), San Diego recently confirmed the mandatory call-up date for the team’s spring camp and delivered it to the players.
The Athletic said, “The San Diego fielders participating in the WBC must join the team’s spring camp held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, by February 16th.” “he said.
He added, “They will digest team training until early March and then be selected for the WBC national team.”
In San Diego, there are a large number of players participating in the WBC, including Kim Ha-seong. Infielder Manny Machado, outfielders Juan Sota and Nelson Cruz, bullpen Luis Garcia (Dominican Republic), infielder Zander Bogatz (Netherlands), starter Darvish Yu (Japan), and pitcher Nabil Krismat (Colombia) have been selected for the WBC national team. .
he WBC tournament is fast approaching. While each KBO league club starts its overseas spring camp schedule from February 1st, the WBC national team will be convened for the first time on February 14th at Kino Sports Complex in Arizona, USA. 메이저놀이터
Afterwards, the national team plans to return to Korea after training in the United States until February 27th and return to Osaka, Japan on March 5th.
Originally, the national team hoped that it would be possible to become a whole from February 14th. But it won’t be easy. This is because if major league teams object to their players participating in training, there is no good alternative. It is not compulsory for the national team to participate in field training.
In San Diego, where there are exceptionally many players selected for the national team, spring camp training time is inevitably more precious. In addition, in the 2023 season, it is necessary to adapt to new major league rules such as’defense shift ban’ and’pitching time limit (pitch clock)’.
San Diego coach Bob Melvin said, “I support the players’ participation in the WBC. It is the first and only good opportunity to represent their country.” Confessed.
If he has to follow San Diego’s policy, Ha-seong Kim will find it difficult to keep up with the national team players even if he is in the United States. Therefore, it is expected that he will come to Japan in early March at the earliest and start practicing with Lee Kang-cheol.
In addition, Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) are active as big leaguers in Korea. However, like San Diego, they must follow their team training schedule. Therefore, there is a high possibility that they will not be able to participate in the national team camp held in the United States. The
national team will play a practice game against the Orix Buffaloes in Osaka, Japan on March 6, and then against the Hanshin Tigers on the 7th.
Then, after finishing the Hanshin match, they moved to Tokyo, and after training on the 8th, they played Australia (9th), Japan (10th), Czech Republic (12th), and China (13th) in turn at Tokyo Dome in the first round (Group B) of the finals. come on The 1st and 2nd placed teams advance to the 2nd round (8th round).
When advancing to the second round, they will face off against the 1st and 2nd placed teams from Group A (Cuba, Taiwan, Netherlands, Italy, Panama) at the Tokyo Dome. The top two teams advance to the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be held on March 20 and 21 in Miami, Florida, USA, and the long-awaited final will be held on the 22nd.