Doosan Bears catcher Yang Eui-ji (37) pledged to do well ahead of participation in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March. He briefly but clearly expressed his determination to shake off the regret of not being able to play his part in the national team.
Yang Eui-ji attended the Doosan initiation ceremony and press conference at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 11th and revealed the process of preparing for the 2023 season and his feelings about returning to Doosan after 4 years.
After the end of the 2018 season, I didn’t expect to become a ‘Bearsman’ again even when I got my first FA (free agent) qualification and transferred to the NC Dinos, but I returned to Jamsil after being courted by Doosan Group Chairman Park Jung-won and new coach Lee Seung-yeop.
Yang Eui-ji expressed confidence, saying, “I aim to win every year, and I will do my best to achieve the goal.”
He continued to answer WBC-related questions without interruption. The Korean baseball team, led by KT coach Lee Kang-cheol, will face Australia, Japan, Czech Republic and China in the first round of the 2023 WBC held at Tokyo Dome, Japan in March. The first goal is to advance to the second round for the first time in 14 years since the 2009 tournament.
If Yang Eui-ji is not injured, he will have to keep the national team home as the main catcher in the WBC. The role of Eui-Ji Yang is very important as there is an evaluation that the weight of the mound is less compared to the fielding team, which has undergone a generational change.
Yang Eui-ji also promised, “I started technical training faster than usual in order to participate in the WBC,” and “I will improve my condition so that I will not become a nuisance.”
Yang Eui-ji, starting with the 2015 Premier 12 after her professional debut, wore the Taegeuk mark a total of 5 times, including the 2017 WBC, the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, the 2019 Premier 12, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, his grades fell short of his name. Eui-ji Yang’s overall international competition performance was a batting average of 0.169 (14 hits in 83 at-bats), 1 home run, 9 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.553 in 31 games, and he did not play his part in batting.
In particular, the sluggish performance at the Tokyo Olympics, which was highly anticipated as the fourth hitter, was painful. With a batting average of 0.136 (3 hits in 22 at-bats), 2 RBIs and an OPS of 0.382, Korea had to return home in shame of no medal.
Because of this, Yang Eui-ji honestly admitted, “I haven’t been able to perform well in the national team,” and said, “Thank you to coach Lee Kang-cheol for choosing me again. “He promised.
He also showed confidence in his collaboration with Kwak Bin (24) and Jeong Cheol-won (24), who are also participating in the WBC. In the case of Kwak Bin, there was an experience of forming a battery with Yang Eui-ji, albeit briefly, in 2018, which was the rookie season. Jeong Cheol-won’s fastball, who won last year’s rookie of the year, can also expect a synergistic effect with Yang Eui-ji’s lead.
Yang Eui-ji said, “Kwak Bin is a friend I’ve liked since he was a rookie. Jeong Cheol-won seems to be full of confidence after receiving the Rookie of the Year award.” I think there will be,” he explained. 메이저사이트