Major League (MLB) top infielder Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), who was selected for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, has increased the possibility that he will not be able to participate in the national team training before the tournament.
The Athletic, an American sports media, said, “San Diego fielders participating in the WBC must join the team spring camp held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, USA by February 16th. He plans to complete team training until early March before being called up to the national team,” it reported on the 22nd (local time). The San Diego club has confirmed the mandatory call-up date for team spring camp depending on WBC participation and position.
The WBC team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, will return to Korea after training at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, from the 14th to the 27th of next month. After that, they will leave for Japan on March 5th. According to the decision of the San Diego club, Ha-seong Kim will not be able to join his national team in field training. He looks set to join the Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers in practice matches in Japan in early March.
The WBC is a tournament organized by the MLB Secretariat and is the only tournament in which a large number of active major leaguers participate. Major leaguers rarely participate in various continental competitions, including the Olympics. Since participation in the national team’s off-campus training is not compulsory, it is highly likely to follow the decision of the affiliated team. In the Korean national team, Ha-seong Kim as well as some MLB players such as Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) could be affected. 슬롯사이트
As the possibility that Kim Ha-seong will not be able to participate in the national team training has increased, a red light has been turned on for the national team as well. The keystone combination of Kim Ha-seong and Tommy Hyeon-soo Edman is considered to be top-notch among the national teams that participated in the tournament. Edmund was a Gold Glove winner at second base last season. Kim Ha-seong was named a finalist for the Gold Glove in the shortstop category. However, ahead of the opening of the WBC, it seems that the two will enter the match without being able to breathe in the camp.
In San Diego, in addition to Kim Ha-seong, infielder Manny Machado, outfielders Juan Sota and Nelson Cruz, bullpen pitcher Luis Garcia (Dominican Republic), infielder Zander Bogatz (Netherlands), starting pitcher Darvish Yu (Japan), and pitcher Nabil Chrismat (Colombia) participated in the WBC. do.