From the beginning of the year, the baseball world was turned upside down with Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG)’s remarks. From the issue of Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom), the “hot potato” tagged with school violence, to the generational change of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, to regret about his seniors in the baseball world, to the controversy over the national team’s eating and drinking, he made a lot of noise with frank remarks. It’s daunting.
Shin-soo Choo’s advice was not directed only at his seniors. Some junior players who are satisfied with ‘frogs in the well’ in Korea also gave a word.
Choo Shin-soo appeared on DKNET, a Korean radio station in Dallas, Texas, on the 21st (Korean time) and was asked about the level of baseball in the Major League and the Korean KBO League.
Shin-soo Choo said, “When he hadn’t experienced Korean baseball, he thought he would be about Double A. After playing for two years, he learned why all he felt was double A. The environment is too poor. Baseball fans and ordinary people see only what is shown on TV, but when they go inside, it is so poor that they wonder if this is an environment for a professional team to enjoy. There will be many players who will improve their skills even in the major league environment.”
At the same time, Choo Shin-soo also pointed out the attitude of junior players. He said, “Those who have been to other countries as well as the United States will know, but since I am only in Korea, my perspective is too narrow. I know this is the end. In the case of the United States, no matter how good you are at baseball here, there will be another player like me every 5 to 10 minutes. If you go 30 minutes, there are 3 or 4 more people. “There are a lot of amazing people,” he said. “In Korea, when you reach a certain level, you know that you are really good at baseball. When I saw that, I felt a little uncomfortable,” he said honestly.
In another broadcast, Choo Shin-soo, who was strict enough to say, “I never thought I was good at baseball,” said, “There are a lot of players who really fly and crawl, but (Korean players) seem to be the only ones. that really hurts The world is wide and there are many players who are really good at it. When you see something like that, your thoughts change. When I was in school, even if I only went to Japan, if not far away, I worked out with good players for a week and said, ‘What I did was wrong. I wasn’t a good player’, but Korean players don’t have that. If you are really the best in that league, you will feel very satisfied.” 스포츠토토
It was the mind of a senior who wanted junior players to be more greedy, look wider, and devote themselves to improving their skills. Choo Shin-soo said, “I think that differences in thinking change a lot of things. Seeing how baseball is played in such an infrastructure environment, the talent is definitely excellent and I want to applaud. His skills and potential are more than enough, but it’s a pity.”
Choo Shin-soo, who brought about change by pointing out the poor stadium environment when he first came to Korea two years ago, said, “There is no space for the players to sit, so it is enough to change clothes on the bus.” I’ll give it to you, my grades’, but the first thing is to create an environment where you can get good grades. It is the vice president (Jeong Yong-jin, owner of SSG) who is good at that. You came for the first time and changed everything, but it is not easy.”
In addition, Choo Shin-soo is a KBO league player who can advance to the major leagues in the future. In the case of Na Seong-beom (KIA), I tried to come 2-3 years ago, but it didn’t work. He did very well in Korea,” he replied, “the closest player is Lee Jung-hoo.” After finishing this season, Lee Jung-hoo will knock on the door of the major leagues with a posting after gaining qualifications to advance overseas.