The preliminary list of baseball teams to participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) has been announced. The roster also included Kim Seo-hyun, the first pick in the 2023 rookie draft.
The Korea Baseball 메이저놀이터Organization (KBO) and the Korea Baseball Softball Association confirmed the 2022 Hangzhou AG preliminary list on the 28th.
A total of 198 players, including 180 professional players and 18 amateur players, including 147 players under the age of 25 or less than 4 years old and 33 wild cards, were listed on the list. By position, there are 86 pitchers, 19 catchers, 47 infielders and 28 outfielders.
The KBO said, “Based on the recent season’s performance, the National Team player selected players who did not fall under the reason for disqualification, and even amateur players were included in this list based on the recommendation of the Korea Baseball Softball Association.” revealed Regarding the wild card, he explained, “Based on my league experience, I have formed players who can lead young players as the leader of the future national team and supplement weak positions.”
The Hanwha Eagles, who failed to make a single name on the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) list, were selected with the most players, along with NC Dinos, with 19 players. Among them, Moon Dong-ju, the overall first pick in last year’s rookie draft, and Kim Seo-hyun, the first overall pick in the 2023 rookie draft, were also included. In addition, Samsung Lions Lee Ho-seong, Kia Tigers Yoon Young-cheol, SSG Landers Lee Ro-un, Lotte Giants Kim Min-seok, and other new players in the 2023 rookie draft team were also listed on the preliminary list.
Ahn Woo-jin, who ranked first in the league in ERA and strikeouts last year, was not listed on the list because he was disqualified as a national team player regardless of his performance. An Woo-jin was disciplined by the School Violence Countermeasures Autonomous Committee for school violence while attending Whimoon High School in 3rd grade in 2017, and was suspended for 3 years from the Korea Sports Association and the Korea Baseball Softball Association. Accordingly, according to the rules of the Korea Olympic Committee, Ahn Woo-jin cannot permanently participate in the Olympics and Asian Games. Bae Ji-hwan of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the US Major League was also excluded from the list.
The final 24 entries for the 2022 Hangzhou AG national team consist of players under the age of 25 or under the age of 4, and 3 wild cards with no age or annual membership restrictions. The Korea Baseball Softball Association’s Performance Improvement Committee plans to finalize the final list in June. The final selected players will be convened in September, train in Korea, and then depart for Hangzhou, China, to compete in October.
Korea has won gold medals five times in a total of six competitions, from Bangkok AG in 1998 to Jakarta-Palembang AG in 2018. He won a bronze medal at the 2006 Doha AG.