A ‘late confluence’ is inevitable.
The World Baseball Classic (WBC) baseball team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, will conduct training at the Keno Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, from February 14th to 27th. Among the players selected for ‘Lee Kang-cheol-ho’, many players have already started individual training in line with the national training schedule.
It was a short national team training ahead of the WBC, but a big variable appeared. It is the involuntary tardiness of major league players. As major league clubs notified their players of the mandatory call-up date for their respective teams’ spring camps, an emergency was put on the national team’s training.
The American media, The Athletic, said, “Beasts participating in the WBC must join the team’s spring camp by February 16 and train until early March.” In this case, Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates), and Tommy Edman (28, St. 온라인바카라
The national team will temporarily return to Korea after completing training in the United States until February 27th. Then, on March 4, they will depart for Osaka, Japan, and on the 5th, they will train for local adaptation, and on the 6th and 7th, they will practice at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan against the Orix Buffaloes and the Hanshin Tigers, respectively. This means that players belonging to the major leagues can actually join Japan training on March 5th. The WBC is a tournament organized by the Major League Secretariat, but there is no obligation to participate in training for the national team. This is why the decision of the team has no choice but to take precedence.
Ahead of the 2023 season, Major League Baseball introduced various new rules, such as a defensive shift ban and a pitching time limit. Each team is trying to increase their players’ adaptability to the new rules through this year’s spring camp training. Accordingly, it is expected that big leaguers will join late. It is bound to be a big variable for the national team, where all three big leaguers are the main players.