24 baseball teams who will participate in the Tokyo Olympics have been finalized. A remarkably young pitching crew draws attention.
This is reporter Bae Jung-hoon.
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situation where left-handed ace Ryu Hyun-jin, Kim Kwang-hyun, and Yang Hyun-jong, who led the heyday of Korean baseball, were all missing after 15 years, manager Kim Kyung-moon made a bold 'generation change'.
Won Tae-in, a 21-year-old leader in multiple wins, and Woo-seok Ko, 23, who throws the fastest ball, and Ui-ri Lee, a rookie who celebrated her 19th birthday today (16th), were also listed. has been attached.
Cha Woo-chan is the only one in his 30s.
[Won Tae-in/Samsung Pitcher: As a player who started baseball while watching the Beijing Olympics, I feel really honored to be able to stand on such a stage… .]
However, it is unfortunate that there are only two left-handed pitchers, Cha Woo-Chan and Lee Eui-Ri, and Hanwha Kang Jae-Min, who is playing the best bullpen in the league, is missing.
The batter focused on defense.
In addition to shortstop Oh Ji-hwan, veterans such as Oh Jae-il, Park Min-woo, and Heo Kyung-min strengthened the infield defense.
Kang Baek-ho, who ranked first in batting average, was selected as the designated hitter instead of first base.
[Kim Kyung-moon / Tokyo Olympic Baseball Team Manager: Since our pitchers don't have much experience right now, I thought about whether the defense should be a little more solid in the infielder.]
Kim Hyun-soo and Kang Min-ho, the protagonists of the 2008 Beijing gold medal, will step on the Olympic stage again after 13 years
(Video coverage: Seol Seol-hwan, video editing: Nam Il)