While the Korean baseball team is in danger of being eliminated early from the World Baseball Classic (WBC), Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates), whose participation was canceled due to the opposition of the club, is raising his senses in the demonstration game.
Choi Ji-man started as the designated hitter No. 3 in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Bay Care Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida, USA on the 11th (hereinafter Korean time), and scored multiple hits with 2 hits in 3 at-bats including a double. burst
Choi Ji-man, who was out in left field in the first at-bat against Philadelphia right-hander Jack Wheeler, pushed Wheeler’s fourth pitch high slider in the third inning with one out and first base, leading to a left-handed hit.
Then, in the 4th inning, with no runners on the 2nd, he hit a long hit. He pushed the low sinker outside the first pitch of right-handed bullpen Unier Marte, hitting the fair area and recording an acknowledged double that went over the left fence. The second double in the exhibition game.
Until this day, Choi Ji-man is recording 3 hits in 14 at-bats with a batting average of 2.1 4 in 5 demonstration games. In November of last year, he underwent surgery to remove bone fragments in his right elbow and was rehabilitated, playing in 5 games after the opening of the exhibition game, and is gradually improving his senses.
Choi Ji-man was originally on the WBC Korean national team’s 30-man final entry list. However, after the last season, the Pittsburgh club, which signed him as the starting first baseman and traded him, strongly opposed it due to the risk of injury following elbow surgery, and he was unable to play. Choi Ji-man, who expected the Taegeuk mark for the first time in his life, could not hide his disappointment. 토토사이트
The Korean national team, where Choi Ji-man dropped out, was again in danger of being eliminated from the group stage following 2013 and 2017. On the 9th and 10th, they lost consecutively to Australia and Japan. In the match against Australia, which was a must-have game to advance to the quarterfinals, they suffered a shocking defeat 7-8, and in the match against Japan, they knelt helplessly 4-13, realizing the difference in level and depth of baseball between Korea and Japan.
Although the performance of pitchers who conceded a total of 21 runs in 2 games is emerging as a serious problem, the team’s batting average is . Although it is only two games, major leaguer Tommy Edman is 1 hit in 8 at-bats and Kim Ha-seong is sluggish with no hits in 8 at-bats. Veteran center hitters such as Kim Hyeon-soo (no hit in 7 at-bats), Park Byeong-ho, Choi Jeong (above 5 at-bats, 1 hit), and Na Seong-beom (3 at-bats, no hit) are also struggling. Choi Ji-man, who has only one room, can’t help but feel sorry for the vacancy.