‘It’s hot again’… After resting, the WBC national team quenches pitching in sunny weather
The Korean baseball team gathered in Tucson, Arizona, USA to prepare for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), resumed training in sunny weather on the 18th (local time).
The national team, which took a day off on the 17th after winning a practice game against the NC Dinos on the 16th by 8-2, gathered again at the Keno Sports Complex to warm up.
In the Tucson area, the weather has been close to freezing for the past few days, but this day was mild. The hot sun was pouring, but there was no humidity, so the shaded area was cool and perfect for training.
Players who had previously trained in thick jumpers on their uniforms threw off their jumpers and started training in light uniforms.
At 10:30 am, the players who warmed up with light running were divided into pitchers and fielders to conduct customized training.
The pitchers warmed up their 슬롯사이트shoulders by throwing a light ball and trained to prepare for bunts. With infielders standing on first and third base, pitchers batted bunts from the mound.
When the ball was accidentally dropped or the throw was not accurate, the whole pitching staff carried out a light jumping penalty.
After that, only Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) continued bullpen pitching. Yang Hyeon-jong satisfied coach Lee Kang-cheol with accurate pitches while throwing 43 balls that day.
The fielders practiced baserunning and defense under the leadership of third base strategy coach Kim Min-ho. After setting the overtime game situation and runners on first and third base, bunt training was conducted accordingly.
In particular, hard hitters such as Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), Park Byung-ho, and Kang Baek-ho (above KT) also bunt actively.
In the batting training that followed, Na Seong-beom (KIA) and Kang Baek-ho showed a good sense of hitting, such as hitting a home run.
On this day, reporters from Japan as well as from Korea watched the training from the sidelines. A Japanese reporter expressed great interest to the local reporters, saying, “Where is Lee Jung-hoo among the many players?”
After sweating heavily throughout the morning, the national team will hold a power analysis meeting from 4:40 pm after lunch.
Under the leadership of Kim Joon-ki, a member of the Power Analyst, we plan to explore the strength of our Group B counterparts, such as Australia and Japan.
On the 19th, we will have a second practice match against the KIA Tigers at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, where we played NC. Unlike the NC game, which was played in 7 innings, this time it is operated in 9 innings.
In the national team, a number of players, led by left-hander Koo Chang-mo (NC), are scheduled to come out and check their pitch.