The Korean baseball team, led by head coach Ryu Joong-il, beat Taiwan 2-0 in the baseball final of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Xiaoxing Baseball-Softball Center 1 Baseball Stadium in Zhejiang Province on the 7th.
As a result, South Korea won the gold medal for the sixth time in the Asian Games alone, and achieved a feat of winning four consecutive tournaments following the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
In fact, South Korea made a major change in the composition of the squad itself, participating in the tournament with a “half-expectation and half-concerned” mindset, and the result was a “
Recently, there have been growing calls for Korean baseball to have international competitiveness, and there have also been opinions that generational change is also necessary. Therefore, KBO selected players under the age of 25 or under the age of 4 among KBO league players from the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, and established a new regulation to select up to three players under the age of 29 as wild cards.
KBO explains that “the Hangzhou Asian Games national team aims to actively foster players who will be the mainstay of the national team in international competitions over the next few years.”
So, the national team was able to gather a large number of next-generation leading players who will lead the future of Korean baseball. However, there were also many voices of concern. As the national team was composed mainly of young and young players, few players had extensive experience in international competitions, so they had a weakness of “lack of experience.”
Lee Jung-hoo’s experience in various international competitions, including the 2019 Premier 12, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), is expected to be a great asset to the national team. The national team also wanted Lee Jung-hoo to take on the leadership role. However, Lee Jung-hoo eventually dropped out of the national team due to an unexpected ankle injury during the season, and the national team was given a red light. 슬롯머신
Instead, the national team had its own spirit of “Let’s try it.” Rather, the atmosphere was also the best as young players gathered. Several players who joined the national team said at the time of official training in Korea, “The atmosphere is very good. It’s bright and full of energy,” he said in unison.
Although the sense of crisis was heightened by a 0-4 defeat to Taiwan in the group stage, he showed perfect revenge against Taiwan, which he met again in the final. Moon Dong-joo (Hanwha), who is considered the “hope of Korean baseball” and the next-generation ace, showed perfect pitching without losing a point by striking out seven in six innings, and Park Young-hyun (KT), who is drawing attention as a “post Oh Seung-hwan,” continued to show good pitching like the national team’s best bullpen pitcher. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Wu Yeng-ting’s grounder led to a double play in the crisis with one out and runners on first and second bases, and the scene where South Korea confirmed its victory overlaps with the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
As many as 19 out of 24 players included in the entry will receive military service benefits as South Korea won the gold medal. It can be said to be “all time high”. It is the highest number since 22 athletes were given military service benefits at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. Korean baseball is expected to face a new renaissance as many players who will lead the future of Korean baseball, including Moon Bo-kyung, Jung Woo-young (LG), Kang Baek-ho, Park Young-hyun (KT), Kim Young-kyu, Kim Joo-won (NC), Kwak Bin (Doosan), Jihoon Choi (SSG), Choi Ji-min (KIA), Na Kyun-an, Park Se-woong, Yoon Dong-hee (Lotte), Kim Ji-chan, Won Tae-in (Samsung), Noh Si-hwan, Moon Dong-joo (Hanwha), Kim Dong-heon, Kim Hye-sung (Masan Yongmago), and Jang Hyun-seok (Masan Yongmago), receive military service benefits.
Korean baseball achieved a renaissance by achieving a gold medal myth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At that time, a total of 14 players received military service benefits, including Ryu Hyun-jin, Lee Dae-ho, Kim Kwang-hyun, Yoon Seok-min, Kim Hyun-soo, Jung Geun-woo, Kang Min-ho, Lee Yong-kyu, Song Seung-jun, Lee Taek-geun, Jang Won-sam, Kwon Hyuk, Ko Young-min, and Han Ki-joo, and their performances brought the league’s best. Many baseball players still say that the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal was at its starting point. And when the new renaissance becomes a reality in the future, it will be said that the starting point was the gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.