It is a harsh reality. There was not a single player from the Hanwha Eagles in the final entry for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
On the 4th, KBO announced the final 30 entries for the 2023 WBC baseball team. LG Twins had the most with 6, followed by KT Wiz with 4, Kiwoom Heroes, KIA Tigers, Doosan Bears, and NC Dinos with 3 each.
Following this, two were selected from SSG Landers and Lotte Giants, and one was selected from Samsung Lions. The other three are Kim Ha-seong (San Diego), Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh), and Tommy Edman (St. Louis), who are active in the major leagues.토토
The only Hanwha player’s name was missing. Four Hanwha players were listed on the 50-person interest list released in November last year. Right-hander Moon Dong-ju, left-hander Kim Bum-soo, infielders Chae Eun-seong and Noh Si-hwan were included. However, he did not make the final roster, the final step towards the WBC.
Cho Beom-hyeon, chairman of the KBO Technical Committee, explained, “I’m sorry. I was selected as the best, so I unintentionally left out. There was a player that was discussed, but I was finally left out.”
Commissioner Jo then explained that although he considered the catcher and first baseman during the discussion, he chose to reinforce the pitcher and made the final list.
Hanwha suffered the humiliation of ‘0’ for the first time in 4 years. In the last 2019 WBSC Premier 12, there was no Hanwha player.
Looking at recent international competitions, infielder Kim Tae-gyun and outfielder Lee Yong-gyu competed in the 2017 WBC, pitcher Jung Woo-ram participated in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, and Kim Min-woo participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kim Min-woo became the last player to wear the Taegeuk mark as a member of Hanwha.
Hanwha, who finished at the bottom last season, suffered great pain from being at the bottom of the leaderboard for three consecutive years. Rebuilding is in progress through many trial and error experiences, but it is still in the dark period.
As if telling Hanwha’s current state, there was no eagle corps in the national team roster composed of the most elite lineup. This year, in addition to the WBC, the national team will participate in several international competitions, including the Hangzhou Asian Games and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship. I wonder if Hanwha can show a different aspect in the 2023 season and wash away the humiliation of 0 people.