“I will prepare well this time and show the result.”
The 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) will be held in March. On the 4th, WBC head coach Lee Kang-cheol and WBC Technical Committee Chairman Cho Bum-hyeon announced the list of 30 players who will compete in the tournament. There are 15 pitchers, 8 infielders, 5 outfielders and 2 catchers.
Lee Ji-young (Kiwoom Heroes), who wore the Taegeuk mark for the first time in her life, and Yang Eui-ji (Doosan Bears), who will play an active role as the main catcher for the national team, were named in the catcher list.
Yang Eui-ji is one of the best catchers in Korea. He is the best catcher in the KBO with a batting average of 0.307, 1,546 hits, 228 homers, 944 RBIs, 763 runs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.892 in 1,585 KBO career games.
He participated in 130 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.283, 121 hits, 20 home runs, 94 RBIs and 61 points, and received his 7th Golden Glove in his career at the Golden Glove Awards ceremony held after the league ended. He stood shoulder to shoulder with catcher legend Kim Dong-soo.
After the end of this season, he made a comeback with Doosan, his parent team, and Doosan invested a total of 15.2 billion won in Yang Eui-ji over six years. If you add up to the 12.5 billion won he received from his first free agency, Yang Eui-ji earned 27.7 billion won from free agency alone.
However, Yang Eui-ji did not laugh much at the international competition. In his first international competition, the 2015 WBSC Premier 12, he stayed at 0.231 with 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs. In the 2017 WBC held six years ago, he had a batting average of 0.22, two hits and one RBI.
Also, at the recently held international competition, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he lost face with a batting average of 0.136, 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run. When he went to international competitions, he always couldn’t exert himself. So far, he has appeared in 31 games in a total of 5 international competitions, with a batting average of 0.169, 14 hits, 1 home run and 9 RBIs.
So Yang Eui-ji is sharpening her knife. He vowed to do his best to erase his former appearance, which had diminished as long as he participated in international competitions.
Yang Eui-ji, who attended the 2023 WBC press conference held at Hotel Rivera Versailles Hall on the 16th, said, “The recent national team performance has not been good. With the mindset that this national team is the last, I will repay coach Lee Kang-cheol and the people.” 바카라사이트
Even if the batting record is not good, manager Lee Kang-cheol trusts Yang Eui-ji.
Coach Lee said, “There are many young pitchers in our national team. The will must lead well. Ji-rang will also talk a lot, and he should play the role of leading the pitcher. I try to make things a little easier on other lines.”
Yang Eui-ji said, “It is regrettable that I prepared for the Tokyo Olympics while not feeling well. I will prepare well this time and show the result.”