I look forward to seeing you with ambition (laughs).”
KIA Tigers coach Kim Jong-guk, who is about to face off against the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team, said this.
On the 20th (Korean time), KIA will have a practice game with the national team at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium 카지노in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The national team, which was convened on the 15th, won a practice match against the NC Dinos on the 17th, with Kang Baek-ho (KT Wiz)’s two-run four and Choi Jeong’s (SSG Landers) solo home run leading to an 8-2 victory.
In the KIA, which is in the middle of a spring camp schedule at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Hyeon-jong Yang (35), Seong-beom Na (34), and Eui-ri Lee (21) are wearing national team uniforms. The rest of the players will have their first real stage this season in a practice game against the national team.
Coach Kim plans to build a roster for the national team match, focusing on young players. He said, “Park Chan-ho (28) has a slight injury on his wrist, but he is able to defend, but it is unknown whether he will hit. He also added, “Two foreign pitchers (Sean Anderson and Adonis Medina) are scheduled to start pitching in Okinawa, Japan,” adding that they will not play against the national team. He said, “In the match against the national team, I plan to focus on checking the condition of the two-other young players who will compete for selection this season.” “It’s okay to make mistakes. I want to see him run without regrets.”
The national team currently lacks fielders as Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) delayed joining. For this reason, national team coach Lee Kang-cheol has included three players from his team, KT Wiz, to play NC. Coach Kim said, “The national team requested a catcher. We have not yet decided which player to send. If a request comes from the national team besides the catcher, we will gladly respond.”