“It’s a lot of pressure… ” KBO No. 1 third baseman on the edge of a cliff? It’s okay because it’s Kim Ha-sung

  • February 17, 2023

“It is true that it is very burdensome.”

One of the characteristics of the WBC national team is that Jeong Choi (SSG) is the only professional third baseman. If Choi Jeong is replaced in the second half of the game, there is no suitable player to take over the third base. Manager Lee Kang-cheol basically has a plan to move starting shortstop Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) to third base. In this case, Oh Ji-hwan (LG) can be put in as the shortstop.

Kim Ha-seong was also recognized for his third base defense in the major leagues. Even in Kiwoom, I saw a third baseman in the 2020 season, where I had a meal with Edison Russell. On the defensive side, shortstop Oh Ji-hwan and third baseman Kim Ha-seong could be a good combination. However, considering that Oh Ji-hwan must be able to play shortstop at any time and under any circumstances, it is true that Choi Jeong’s weight is great.

On the 17th (Korean time), Choi Jeong-eun said after playing a practice game against NC at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, “It is true that it is a lot of pressure. Thinking that it might be the last time, he intends to do his best while doing mind control in his own way.”

Choi Jeong’s worries are not over. “I shy away from being a pitcher. When a pitcher you don’t know comes out, he just goes into the plate with the mindset that he won’t strike out and that he just needs to hit the ball in play. There is still time left until the tournament, so I will make various attempts and adjust.”

Adaptation to the official ball was not over. On this day, the fielders of the national team encountered the KBO official ball when batting and the WBC official ball only when defending. Choi Jeong-eun said, “I was very worried. Since he was playing catch, he felt different. He wants to feel his fingertips. He thought it would be nice if the ball came once, but he gained confidence by catching and throwing it out even though it was an ordinary ball.”

Still, Choi Jeong-eun showed his presence with a home run on this day, as befits a legendary third baseman with the KBO League career home run first place in front of his eyes. He started as third baseman at third and came on as the leadoff batter in the bottom of the third inning with a 2-0 lead, and activated a left-handed solo shot. His batting condition itself is fine. 먹튀검증

Choi Jeong-eun said, “It feels like he has come up a lot technically, and his physical condition is still not 100%, but he is getting better. He started building his body in late November after the Korean Series. He continued the same routine, then went to the Florida camp and picked up the pace faster than others.”

Choi Jeong-eun will return to the WBC for the first time in 10 years following the 2013 tournament. “At the time, there were many seniors, and I went out with the mindset of enjoying the tension. He thinks that the national team is also SSG now, and he tries to do it while thinking that he has entered the season. In fact, I am more nervous now. As the competition approaches, I get nervous. I will do it with concentration.”

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