WBC’s ‘head fight’… Unleash a magical ‘number fight’

Pitch limit… Thorough calculation and critical
video review require ‘hawk’s eye’
Reliance on coach is higher than in any other competitions
Expect excellent mound management skills

The 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC) will be the tournament with the highest reliance on the command tower among international competitions in which the Korean national baseball team participates. seems to be As the tournament draws closer, head coach Lee Kang-cheol (57), who is in charge of the national team for the first time, is attracting more and more attention.

In the first place, the WBC is a tournament with a much larger portion of the bench than other national competitions. This is because there is a limit on the number of pitches. The number of pitches per pitcher is limited to 65 in the first round, 80 in the quarterfinals and 95 in the semifinals and finals. Pitchers who have thrown more than 30 pitches or thrown two consecutive days must take a day off, and cannot pitch for four days after pitching more than 50 pitches. You have to do it while thoroughly calculating and arranging the pitchers available for the next game.

Expectations for the operation of the mound are higher in that the national team is led by coach Lee Kang-cheol. Coach Lee Kang-cheol, a former great pitcher and pitching coach, made his debut as a command tower and raised KT, the lowest place in his ten thousand years, to a champion in a short time because pitcher training and mound management played a big role.

There are only two infielders playing overseas in this national team. Director Lee Kang-cheol has formed a pitching staff thoroughly tailored to the WBC, including the largest number of young pitchers ever on the mound in the middle of the 메이저사이트generational change. When major leaguer Choi Ji-man could not play, instead of reinforcing a similar long hitter, he made a bold choice to select Choi Ji-hoon (SSG), a major runner and defense resource, in preparation for a close match in the second half of the game. The reason why the evaluation of being the weakest among the WBC national teams, always called the ‘Dream Team’, and the expectation of advancing to the final round for the first time in 14 years coexist because of expectations for coach Lee Kang-cheol.

The fact that the regular players of the national team who will be in charge of the ‘leader’ remain the same and the command tower has been changed to a new person is the reason why coach Lee Kang-cheol is getting more attention than the players.

Here, this tournament gave the coach one more key.

The WBC first introduced the video review system at the 4th tournament in 2017. Whether or not to proceed is decided solely by the referee. However, in this competition, the coach decides. From the quarterfinals onward, you can use it twice per game, and once per game until the first round of the group stage and the second round of the quarterfinals.

The right to apply for video reading also exists in the KBO League. However, video review of international competitions is relatively new. It seems that there will also be a scene where the director’s choice becomes a big variable during the game.

Of the 600 final entries from 20 countries announced by the WBC Organizing Committee on the 10th, 186 are active big leaguers included in the 40-man roster of major league teams. There are also 67 All-Stars.

The squad is gorgeous and the commanding tower is diverse. The United States appointed coach Mark DeRosa, who was a former major leaguer but had no leadership experience, and formed a luxurious coaching staff such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andy Pettit, while the Netherlands entrusted the leadership to coach Hensley Mullen, who is the third only in the WBC.

Korea’s first opponent, Australia, was coached by Dave Nielsen, who has been leading the national team for five years following the Premier 12 and Tokyo Olympics, and Japan, the biggest opponent, was coached by Hideki Kuriyama, who won the Nippon Ham.

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