The theory of the need for a generational change is correct, but it is far from the realities
and concerns of Korean baseball. suffered After 13 years, baseball was again adopted as an official Olympic sport and went out with the burden of being the ‘defending champion’, but no ‘foreign players’ could be brought along. The first ones that come to mind were Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong, who were in the United States. I said ‘boldly’, but in fact, I had no choice but to build a mound with young players as an axis. The World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, which will be held in March, had similar concerns. Although the WBC is a completely different event from the Olympics, it is the first international event since the Tokyo Olympics, so the burden is no less than two years ago. National team coach Lee Kang-cheol, who took the baton, announced the entry and said, “At first, I wanted to consist of only young players, but I selected Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong because I had to produce results unconditionally. I will use it when it is important.” The reason why I picked out the names of the two without asking and explained them first was because I was worried about that much.
Choo Shin-soo (pictured) recently criticized the composition of the WBC team in an interview with a Korean radio station in the US. He said, “How long will it be Kim Gwang-hyun or Yang Hyeon-jong?” “I would have seen the future,” with the intention that young players had to be boldly given a chance for the future of Korean baseball. This very principled purport that a generational change is necessary for the future is a part that the whole of Korean baseball has already sympathized with and pondered over for several years. Nevertheless, Choo Shin-soo disparaged the command tower’s explanation that there was a reality to be faced immediately, as if not considering it at all.
The remarks about Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom) show Shin-soo Choo’s distant sense of reality.
An Woo-jin, who was tied up due to school violence in high school, was not selected for the national team even after becoming the best pitcher in the league. Choo Shin-soo criticized Ahn Woo-jin for not selecting him for reasons other than his ability, saying, “I play baseball in Korea, but there are too many things I don’t understand.”
There is also no one who does not admit that there is no pitcher better than An Woo-jin in terms of grades. However, school violence is the most serious social problem in recent years. The identity of Ahn Woo-jin, who is talented but has a past, is also the homework of the entire league that will continue in the future. It was a difficult issue, so there was controversy and a lot of worries. Moreover, Korean baseball, which suffered an unprecedented situation in which the national team commander unfairly attended a state audit due to the player selection issue, made a decision after thinking very carefully. Does Choo Shin-soo not know this context?
Choo Shin-soo has always received generous attention since entering the KBO. Apart from his past history, he was treated exceptionally in every way because he was the best Korean hitter in major league history. When he complained about the poor away team space, Jamsil Stadium immediately went into construction, and SSG improved the locker room environment by creating a ‘sauna facility’ that Shin-soo Choo wanted. In the meantime, all the players shouted countless times, but the echoes were moved by Choo Shin-soo’s words. He was also a desirable influence.
메이저놀이터 However, worrying about the selection of the national team is a completely different story from asking to build a sauna at the baseball field. The coaching staff of the national team and the technical committee decided on the entry after several discussions over several months. Choo Shin-soo said that it was his personal opinion and that the decision was wrong through an ‘official remark’ rather than a private one. How much do you worry about it?
The past two years is the time when Shin-soo Choo fully knew how influential a single word of himself, his top star, could have. This is the time when he should have felt responsible for his words, not the freedom to say anything.