The baseball team has arrived in Hangzhou in search of a fourth straight Asian Games gold medal. The team’s composition has changed. You have to pick the ‘best’ with the resources you have. The key is the starting pitcher.
The baseball team, led by coach Liu Zhong-il, arrived in Hangzhou via Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on the afternoon of the 28th.
Liu was the first to arrive, smiling and raising his hand in greeting. Other coaches and players followed suit, greeting fans as they arrived.
“It’s hot,” Liu said with a smile, then added, “We have two days left. We have to choose our starting pitcher, and there are things to prepare. I will prepare well so that we can move up to the top of the group.”
“There are coaches who went to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. They said, ‘We’re in much better shape than we were then.’ Especially the pitchers, they all seem to be in good shape,” he added.
On the batting side, “I think Yoon Dong-hee is in the best shape. I’ll decide whether to put her in the second or sixth spot based on her training. As for the batting order, it’s almost 80% in the practice games.”
South Korea has been paired with Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei in baseball at the Asian Games. The other team is likely to be Thailand. The key will be against Taiwan. A team with seven minor leaguers. That’s a lot to take in.
It depends on how well the starters pitch. Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-ju are the “two top aces” in the lineup. That remains to be seen.
Coach Ryu Jung-il said, “I’m worried about starting against Taiwan. It’s either Kwak Bin or Moon Dong-ju. We have Park Se-woong, but for now, Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-joo are our aces. Anyway, when we go up, we will meet Japan or Taiwan, and then Kwak Bin or Moon Dong-ju will have to go out again.”
There are other variables to look at. The stadium environment. This naturally leads to defense. 메이저사이트 “They just laid new artificial turf. We expect the grass to be a bit longer. We’ll also have to see the soil conditions. We’ll check it in training,” he said.
“We’ve been working a lot on defense, especially with players from different teams. There are differences in signing plays, calls, etc. We focused on that for four days after the call-up.”
South Korea won three consecutive gold medals in Guangzhou 2010, Incheon 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang 2018. They will try to make it four in a row. The first game is against Hong Kong on Oct. 1, followed by Chinese Taipei on Oct. 2.