The national team returned home without laughter… Director Lee Kang-cheol, “Please blame me”

 Lee Kang-cheol, the Korean baseball team’s coach, bowed his head, saying, “Please blame me.”

Korea finished the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) with 2 wins and 2 losses and 3rd place in the group after the group B match against China held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on the 13th. Japan (4 wins) and Australia (3 wins and 1 loss) failed to win a ticket to the quarterfinals given to the second place in the group. It is the first round elimination of the WBC 3 times in a row.

Korea suffered a shock defeat to Australia on the 9th, 7-8, and lost 4-13 to Japan on the 10th. On the 12th, they won 7-3 against the Czech Republic, but before the match against China on the 13th, Australia defeated the Czech Republic and confirmed their advance to the quarterfinals. In the game against China, he won a cold game 22-2 in the 5th inning.토토사이트

In this tournament, Korea beat Japan (0.326) with a team batting average of 0.336 and ranked first among the five teams in Group B, but the team’s ERA (7.55) ranked third in the group. Although Groups C and D have not yet been completed, the total as of the 14th Among 20 countries, the team’s average ERA is 16th, and it is sluggish. It means that the warning light has been turned on to strengthen pitching power.

The players who returned to Korea through Incheon International Airport on the 14th left the arrivals hall with stiff faces. Everyone silently carried their luggage and went on their way without a single smile. Coach Lee Kang-cheol, who was interviewed as a representative, hoped for support, saying, “The players did well. The players continue to play baseball, so I hope you will criticize me and say a lot of good things to the players.”

The following is a Q&A with director Lee Kang-cheol.

– How do you feel about returning home?
sorry. I have nothing to say except to say I’m sorry.

– Did you have a meeting with the players after the tournament?
We had a meeting after the game yesterday. While we were together, I prepared well and practiced a lot to get my body up quickly. The players did well. The players have to keep playing baseball, so I hope you will criticize me and say a lot of good things to the players.

– There is a problem with the supervision of the next international competition.
I didn’t have time to think about that. However, the players did not show their skills. If young players like So-Jun Sohn and Eui-Ri Lee threw their own balls, good results would have come out. I’m sorry, but I’ll be more sorry. Since I have accumulated experience, I will achieve better results in the next competitions such as the Asian Games and APBC. I think if you wait, you will get good results.

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