The first match against Australia in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) finals is just around the corner. How did veterans of the Korean baseball team view Australia’s power?
The Korean national team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, finished their final training session at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 8th. K토토사이트orea will play its first match against Australia on the 9th.
Group B, which Korea belongs to, has Japan and Korea forming a two-team system, and Australia is considered a dark horse. Korea is running on an eight-game winning streak against Australia and has an advantage in terms of power, but should not be careless.
Australia will be led by Warwick Saupold (Perth Heat), who played for the Hanwha Eagles for two seasons in the KBO League, and Aaron Whitefield (LA Angels), a major league outfielder. Here, Robbie Glendining (Kansas City Royals), who recorded 19 homers and an OPS of 0.813 in the minor leagues last year, draws attention.
Then, what kind of evaluation did the Korean national team players make after analyzing their strength against Australia? Kim Hyun-soo, who met at the press conference room after the official training on the 8th, said, “There seem to be a lot of difficult pitchers. There are also a lot of left-handed pitchers.”
Hyeonjong Yang also did not let go of his guard. He expressed his determination, saying, “Australia has many powerful and sophisticated hitters. I studied and analyzed as much as I met new players. Baseball does not know what the outcome will be. I will show the players doing their best in every game.”
Na Seong-beom also said, “It’s like meeting a new player every season. There are many left-handed pitchers, but I will show you a good performance as much as I have prepared well. I focused on winning unconditionally.”
Previously, national team coach Lee Kang-cheol threw a vote, saying, “My team is statistically superior, but I don’t know baseball. I will work with the spirit of fighting the strong.”