Reporter Kwon Hyeok-joon = The baseball team participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March, will finally gather in one place. For the first time in 14 years since 2009, ‘Lee Kang-cheol-ho’, who is aiming for the semifinals, begins to harden in earnest.
The baseball team led by coach Kang-Cheol Lee gathers in Tucson, Arizona, USA on the 15th (Korean time) and begins training before the tournament.
Of the 30 players included in the national team roster, 28 will participate in this training, excluding major leaguers Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (28, St. Louis Cardinals), and all eight coaches will be present.
Currently, the national team players are digesting their team’s spring camp schedule. Among them, the KBO League players join the team on this day in accordance with the national team convocation schedule, but Kim Ha-seong and Edmund do more training for their team.
KT Wiz, KIA Tigers, LG Twins, NC Dinos, and Kiwoom Heroes are participating in their spring camp in Arizona, USA. They can be joined by vehicle. 메이저놀이터
In addition, players belonging to the Samsung Lions, Doosan Bears, Lotte Giants, and SSG Landers will travel to Arizona by air.
After completing a brief training session on the 16th, the national team will begin full-scale training the next day. The practice game against NC on the 17th is the start.
Afterwards, KIA on the 20th, KT on the 23rd and 25th, and LG on the 27th.
After returning home on March 1, the national team will begin additional training at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from the 2nd. Kim Ha-seong joins the national team from this training.
He then departs for Japan, the site of the decisive battle, on the 4th, and starts official WBC training on the 5th. At this time, with Edmon together, the 30-member ‘whole body’ gathers.
The national team will play two practice games against Japanese professional baseball teams such as Orix and Hanshin in Osaka, Japan before moving to the Tokyo Dome.
Korea, which belongs to Group B along with Australia, Japan, China and the Czech Republic in the first round of the finals, will start against Australia on the 9th. If Korea comes in 2nd place, it will advance to the 2nd round (8th round), a one-off match.