Forget defeats and scars… 10 clubs ‘Play ~ Ball’
- on Mar 30, 2023
2023 season professional baseball kicks off on April 1
Fanfare amid controversy over WBC disaster and behind-the-scenes money Fanfare from
former clubs FA massive investment Strengthened
coaches “The strongest team LG/KT”
Doosan Yang Eui-ji and other new hostesses
look at physical strength Considering the physical burden, 2 consecutive games disappeared and
visited the coach’s mound
Introduced devices to shorten game time, such as a 25-second limit
Pro baseball, the sport that Koreans love the most, is finally stretching. It is a season to take off the mask and greet, but the expressions of the baseball players hidden in it are not bright. In the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which dreamed of making the semifinals, it was eliminated in the first round of the finals, and even before the opening, controversy over sexual offenses against minors and back money erupted in the baseball world, hurting people who love baseball.
However, as if to give them another chance, the fans visited the Media Day held at the Hyatt Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 30th to encourage the players. Compared to the happy fans, the players’ expressions were dark. Yang Eui-ji, who returned to her hometown Doosan, looked at the audience with a nervous face with her head down, and the players also greeted each other lightly, but their expressions were not bright. The coaches and players of the 10 clubs began to smile as if the tension was relieved only after taking a commemorative photo while drawing a ‘hand heart’ with the sound of ‘ang’.
The 2023 season of professional baseball will begin on the 1st of next month. The 10 teams enter a long race with 144 matches per team. This season, it is evaluated that the power of all clubs has been leveled. This is because more than 80 billion won was released in the free agent (FA) market, and 10 clubs strengthened their strength.
Still, the coaches of each club nominated LG and KT as the strongest teams. The commanding towers of the six clubs designated them as the strongest. Kiwoom, who advanced to the Korean Series last season, was next with 3 players, followed by SSG, who won the ‘Wire to Wire’, with 2 players selected.
However, KT coach Lee Kang-cheol predicted that Samsung and Hanhwa would go to fall baseball. Samsung, led by Park Jin-man, took off the tag of acting and improved their organizational power through hell training in this spring camp, and Hanwha took first place in the demonstration game, raising expectations for the new season. However, the names of Doosan, Lotte, and NC did not come out. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop, a rookie command tower, tried to change the atmosphere, saying, “It seems like they are giving a cold evaluation.”
The performance of the players who changed their uniforms ahead of this season is also of interest. In particular, it is noteworthy that the face of each team’s hostess has changed drastically due to the chain movement of the FA catchers who heated up the last Stove League. Yang Eui-ji returned to Doosan from NC. Yoo Kang-nam, who was active at LG스포츠토토, moved to Lotte, and Doosan Park Se-hyuk moved to NC. Park Dong-won changed his uniform from KIA to LG.
The command tower confrontation also draws attention. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop, who ate rice in one pot at Samsung, and Park Jin-man, Samsung coach Park Jin-man, who ate a pot of rice at Samsung, debuted side by side as official coaches, and they had a head-to-head confrontation.
Coach Lee said, “Coach Park was a great player and manager, and he has a lot of coaching experience, so he is in the position of a challenger.” Coach Park responded by saying, “Coach Lee has a lot of experience in playing international games as well as abroad.”
The change from this season is also noticeable. First of all, the two consecutive games that were played at the end of the season will be abolished. This is a measure to reduce the burden on the physical strength of the players due to frequent movement. The schedule of 72 home and away games has been changed, so SSG, KT, Lotte, Doosan, and Hanwha will play 73 games at home and 71 away this season. The following year, on the contrary, he played 73 games away and 71 games at home.
Devices were also put in place to shorten the game time. During the game, the manager’s or coach’s visit to the mound is limited to 25 seconds, which is reduced by 5 seconds from 30 seconds, and a regulation has been introduced that the catcher must prepare for the catch after 30 seconds have passed. In addition, the 12-second pitching rule and restrictions on leaving the bat will be strictly applied. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) aims to shorten the average game time from 3 hours and 11 minutes last season to 3 hours and 5 minutes. The awarding method also changes.
Along with the Golden Gloves, the Silver Slugger is also selected. Like the American Major League (MLB), the Golden Glove is awarded to the best defenseman by position, and the Silver Slugger is given to the winner based on his batting ability.