The national baseball team will hold its first official training session on March 23 as it seeks to win its fourth consecutive Asian Games (AG) title.
Led by head coach Ryu Jung-il, the Hangzhou 2022 AG Baseball Team will train at the Gocheok Dome in Seoul on the 23rd and 24th. After a day off on the 25th, the team will play a practice game on the 26th before concluding their final training session in Korea on the 27th at Gocheok Dome.
The team will depart for Hangzhou via Incheon International Airport at 12:25 p.m. on the 28th.
Korea has been placed in Group B with Hong Kong (Oct. 1), Chinese Taipei (Oct. 2) and one qualifying team (Oct. 3) in the recently announced AG Baseball Groupings.
As in previous AGs, a three-way tournament between Korea, Japan, and Taiwan is expected. Japan’s national team is centered around social baseball, and Taiwan is considered to be an underdog. 바카라사이트
However, Japan will be looking out for right-handed pitcher Shuichiro Kyo, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Japan Social Baseball Urban Competition in July, and left-handed starter Shunya Morita. Taiwan has seven U.S. minor league prospects on its roster, up from none in the previous tournament, due to increased military service benefits.
The national team announced a total of 24 AG roster spots in early June.
However, it is worrisome that many key players have suffered injuries or deterioration since the announcement.
First, Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes) was ruled out for the season after undergoing ankle surgery in late July. Koo Chang-mo (NC Dinos), whose health has been a concern since his selection, has been out for over three months with a stress fracture in his left ulna. He has recently increased his long toss and catching distance, but his participation in the tournament is still up in the air considering his schedule. Coach Ryu Jung-il said, “I’m worried about Koo Chang-mo’s physical condition. We have to wait and see,” he said, adding, “We are also looking for a replacement.”