Choo Shin-soo’s conviction that brought on his distrust… WBC is a stage for ‘proving’ rather than ‘experience’
SSG Landers Choo Shin-soo once again made a statement targeting the Korean baseball world.
Unlike before, when fans were well received and brought about positive changes, it seems to be a handshake that only brought distrust.
Choo Shin-soo, who is staying in the US off-season, recently appeared on the Dallas, Texas radio program ‘DKNET’ and expressed his regret about the composition of the Korean baseball team preparing for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March.
Choo Shin-soo spoke out about two things: the fact that the generational change in the Korean national team was not progressing, and Kiwoom Heroes pitcher An Woo-jin, who was subject to permanent expulsion from the national team due to controversy over assaulting juniors in high school, was not selected.
Choo Shin-soo expressed his thoughts, “In Japan, there are many new faces when you see international competitions. If it were me, I would have looked at the future. If I had looked at the future rather than the immediate results, it would have been right for many players not to go (to the WBC) and to have been newly selected.” revealed
Referring to Hanwha Eagles right-hander Moon Dong-joo (20), he explained, “There is not enough pitcher to throw that much, even though control is lacking.
However, there is a part Shin-soo Choo overlooked. Although the WBC has only 17 years of history, it is a stage where top-level players gather to compete in the national baseball competition.
The sports are different, but to borrow the words of Lee Young-pyo, former head of Gangwon FC, the WBC is not a place where promising players with outstanding potential gain ‘experience’, but national teams can ‘show off their skills’.
Even in the case of the FIFA World Cup, it is common to see one or two promising players included in the final roster, but they do not take in players who have not made significant progress on the professional stage.
Korean baseball was able to achieve qualitative and quantitative growth in the KBO League based on the 2006 WBC semifinal, 2008 Beijing온라인바카라 Olympics gold medal, and 2009 WBC runner-up, which successfully proved their skills.
With the founding of NC Dinos and KT Wiz, a system of 10 clubs was established, and new baseball fields were built across the country. Although it is not comparable to Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball, the infrastructure is also steadily improving.
It would not have been easy if the ‘baseball boom’ had not occurred based on the good results of international competitions.
Because of this, Korean baseball aims to advance to at least the semifinals in this WBC. Over the past few years, we have felt firsthand how important international competition results are, and everyone has joined forces to support the national team.
After winning the gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and receiving exemption from military service, Choo Shin-soo, who had no relationship with the Taegeuk mark, is difficult to look favorably on the appearance of giving advice for the WBC entry.
Choo Shin-soo, in particular, was criticized for not participating in the 2013 WBC even though he had no problems with his physical condition.
He was about to obtain free agent (FA) qualification, and there were no ‘extenuating’ reasons, such as transferring his team through trade and changing his position from right fielder to center fielder, but fans were disappointed.
Since he has been away from the national team for a long time, it seems that he does not know well what process senior baseball players who are preparing for the WBC go through to make the final decision.
Choo Shin-soo added the premise that “Ahn Woo-jin definitely did the wrong thing,” but “There are so many things to say. don’t,” he said.
However, it is not that the seniors do not want Korea to have the strongest power in the WBC.
However, the seniors clearly remember that they had to go through a lot of measles for ignoring public opinion and the voices of fans and forcing the selection of players without clear explanations.
Winning is important, but how to win is more important now, and we have already experienced painful learning effects.
Now is the time to add strength to Lee Kang-cheol-ho, not the time to say that he is losing strength.
Rather, in 2023, when there are many factors that can ignite the recovery of the popularity of the KBO league, including the WBC, comments that are far from the fan spirit of a big star such as Choo Shin-soo can act as a negative factor.