Like Lee Seung-yeop 15 years ago… Pleasant Kim Gwang-hyeon “Looking at the atmosphere to see if he will become an old man or go to MZ”
Kim Gwang-hyun (35, SSG Landers) was in trouble a few days before joining the Korean national baseball team training for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
At the SSG 1st spring camp held in Vero Beach, Florida, USA on the 12th (Korean time), Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I looked at the national team list and was worried about what to do. I’m not really sure if I’ll go. I’m trying to decide after joining the national team and looking at the atmosphere.”
The 2023 WBC Korean national team, led by KT Wiz coach Lee Kang-cheol, sets up a base camp in Tucson, Arizona, USA on the 14th and begins full-scale preparations. Kim Gwang-hyun, along with Yang Hyeon-jong (35, KIA Tigers), will lead the national먹튀검증 team as the best pitching team. For him, this is already the 6th Taegeuk mark. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he participated for the first time as an adult national team member, he showed a strong showing for Japan and became the main player in winning all 9 victories and winning the gold medal. Since then, he has grown into an ace that symbolizes the KBO League and Korea. As such, his pride in his Taegeuk mark was overflowing.
When asked what he wanted to tell the juniors of the national team, Kim Gwang-hyun said, “Because I wear the Taegeuk mark and participate in the game, I think all players will know it well even without saying it. When I was young, I was always proud of the national team mark. It was an honor to stand on the mound itself,” he said. “Because it is such a position, we have to do well rather than work hard.
In this national team, the role of a veteran was more demanding. As a starting pitcher, Kim Gwang-hyun still has top-notch skills in the KBO League, but coach Lee Kang-cheol hinted at the possibility of using him as a bullpen. It is to give more strength to young pitchers who will lead the national team in the future. Kim Gwang-hyun said, “Since I spent most of my professional career as a starting pitcher, I think it would be difficult to go out as a middle pitcher. “He expressed his honest feelings.
Although he was cautious about his position, he happily embraced his role as mood maker. He wanted to inherit the teachings of his seniors who shared his joys and sorrows in the national team during his childhood. In particular, among them was the name of Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop (47), who ate together with the national team only once at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 15 years ago.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “When I went to the national team, I always trained in a fun atmosphere. Even when I was young, there were seniors Lee Seung-yeop, Kim Dong-ju, Jin Gap-yong, and Park Jin-man. I remember that the seniors also matched their juniors.” I will help a lot so that I can do it, and I will try to do well.”