Hanwha’s ‘laughing reality’…The only question that embarrassed Director Lee Kang-cheol, who was smiling
“If there are no more questions, is it okay to finish?”
When I was about to finish the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) final roster press conference, a vague question came out saying, “Hanwha players…”
WBC baseball team coach Lee Kang-cheol and Technical Committee Chairman Cho Bum-hyun, who were constantly exchanging jokes with the reporters with confident smiles, were clearly taken aback by the last question. Director Lee Kang-cheol smiled awkwardly as he passed the microphone to Technical Committee Chairman Cho Beom-hyeon.
Technical Committee Chairman Cho Beom-hyun explained, “I’m sorry. I was selected as the best, so I was unintentionally left out. There was a player that was discussed, but I was finally left out.” And in the course of the discussion, he added, “I considered the catcher (Jae-Hoon Choi) and the first baseman (Eun-Sung Chae), but I chose to reinforce the pitcher and made the final list.”
On the list of 50 players announced last year, there were players from Hanwha. There were pitchers Kim Bum-soo and Moon Dong-ju, and infielders Noh Si-hwan and Chae Eun-seong, but no one boarded. It can be seen as the current address of Hanwha, which has been at the bottom for three consecutive years. 토토사이트
The 2023 WBC is the world’s highest level baseball tournament attended by a large number of active major leaguers. So, the Korean baseball team also included the 2021 season Gold Glove National League second baseman Tommy Hyeon-soo Edman, the 2022 Gold Glove National League shortstop finalist Kim Ha-seong, and major leaguer Choi Ji-man.
In the KBO League, players representing each team joined. However, Hanwha, which was at the bottom for three consecutive years, failed to make a single name on the national team. As Technical Committee Chairman Cho Beom-hyun said, Hanwha did not have the best ‘best’. Hanwha’s funny reality.
But don’t be too heartbroken. Hanwha, which has collected top prospects from the bottom of the list every year, does not currently have the ‘best’, but there are many good prospects such as Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun, who are evaluated as ‘future national teams’. If the potential of these young players is revealed, Hanwha can become a strong team. From 2008 to last year, Hanwha has only made it to the postseason once (2018), but it is not long before it is time to get out of the long dark tunnel. The future is bright.