“We have to step out for the younger generation who are in an unreasonable situation.”
Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG Landers) defended Ahn Woo-jin (24, Kiwoom Heroes), who was frustrated at participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
An Woo-jin is a ‘hit product’ discovered by the KBO League last year. He is the best player in name and reality who has won two pitching crowns (average earned runs and strikeouts) and even won the Golden Glove. According to sports 2i, a baseball statistics company, the average speed of Ahn Woo-jin’s fastball (four-seam fastball) last season was 152.6km/h. He reached a top speed of 160 km/h.
Against Woo-Jin Ahn, a fireballer that MLB scouts are paying attention to, Shin-Soo Choo had only 1 hit in 9 at-bats in the regular season (2 hits in 15 at-bats in his career). Since Ahn Woo-jin, who was flustered every time he met, was left out of the WBC final entry, it seemed like an ‘irrational decision’ in Choo Shin-soo’s eyes.
‘Kiwoom An Woo-jin’ is not inferior to the national team, but it is ‘Whimungo An Woo-jin’ who holds his ankle. At the time of joining in 2018, Ahn Woo-jin received a ‘3-year suspension of qualification’ from the Korea Baseball Softball Association due to school violence (school violence) committed during high school, and was permanently deprived of the national team selection qualification according to the rules of the Korea Sports Council. As a result of this discipline, organizations under the Korea Sports Council were unable to compete in the Olympics and Asian Games, which manage the selection of national teams.
According to the minutes of the school violence committee meeting held in August 2017, An Woo-jin hit the victim several times with a cell phone or baseball bat. This is what Ahn Woo-jin and all four of her victims confirmed as ‘true’. An Ambaseball official said, “The school violence committee cannot be held without the victim and the perpetrator.
There is a lot of talk about the level of Ahn Woo-jin’s assault. There is also an opinion that it is “simple involvement”, but inside and outside Ambaseball, the content that “the contents are quite serious” is gaining persuasiveness. He even claims that he committed an assault with an object that is difficult to access on a daily basis. The Korea Baseball Softball Association confirmed the related contents and issued a disciplinary suspension.
The same goes for the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). The WBC was able to select Ahn Woo-jin as a representative because the KBO constitutes the national team regardless of the Korea Sports Council. As such, this aspect was carefully considered in the process of determining the final entry. However, the final conclusion was ‘no’. Cho Beom-hyeon, chairman of the KBO Technical Committee, circumspectively explained, “We decided on the final 30 players by considering the symbolic meaning of the national team representing the country, responsibility and pride, along with the player’s skills.” 메이저놀이터
After the end of last season, Ahn Woo-jin brought the ‘past’ he wanted to hide to the surface. A lawyer was appointed, and the three people who were designated as victims of school violence announced a joint statement saying, “I am getting along well with the caring senior An Woo-jin.” In the process, Ahn Woo-jin’s side complained of injustice through several media outlets.
But the effect was minimal. Rather, it only produced the opposite effect by recalling the past. Suddenly, only doubts were accumulated about the reasons why the victims were defending An Woo-jin, and it was known that it was a joint statement that had not been discussed with one victim, and it was hit by a storm.
During this process, Ahn Woo-jin’s side did not have an amicable conversation with Kiwoom, his club. As the noise grew, the burden on the KBO also increased. A club official said, “If I stayed still, I could have been selected for the national team, but I think I kicked my luck.” Regarding the ‘unreasonable situation’ that Choo Shin-soo said, the Korea Baseball Softball Association’s suspension of qualifications is valid. Nothing has changed about his ‘history of school violence’.
An official from Amaya-gu said, “I know that there are other victims besides the victims who were named on the top of the school violence.” that,” he criticized.