BASEBALL TEAM ARRIVES IN HANGZHOU TO TRY FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT TITLE “WE’LL WIN IT ALL”
The Korean baseball team has arrived in Hangzhou for the final round of the Asian Games, hoping to win its fourth consecutive title. The team, led by head coach Liu Zhong-il, arrived at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport on Oct. 28 with bright faces. “It’s October and it seems quite hot,” Liu said of his first impressions of Hangzhou, adding, “We have two days to train before the first game against Hong Kong, so we will choose our starting pitchers for each game and train well to win.” “The players seem to be in good shape,” Liu said with a smile, adding, “I heard that the players who went to the (Tokyo 2020) Olympics are in better shape now than they were then.” When asked about his biggest concern, Ryu said, “The question is which player to start against Chinese Taipei (their biggest rival),” adding, “I think it will be either Kwak Bin (Doosan Bears) or Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha Eagles).””We have Kim Young-kyu (NC Dinos) and Choi Ji-min (KIA Tigers),” he said, “and they can be utilized to handle two or three batters after the sixth inning. “Regarding the lack of right-handed hitters, Ryu said, “Yoon Dong-hee (Lotte Giants) is in good shape,” adding, “I’ll decide whether to use him as the No. 2 or No. 6 after training. “However, Ryu explained that the batting order will be based on the batting order of the team’s practice game against the Sangmu Baseball Club in Korea on the 26th.At the time, the national team had a starting lineup of Kim Hye-sung (second baseman-KIUM Heroes), Choi Ji-hoon (center fielder-SSG Landers), Noh Si-hwan (third baseman-Hanwha Eagles), Kang Baek-ho (designated hitter-KT WIZ), Moon Bo-kyung (first baseman-LG Twins), Kim Hyung-joon (catcher-NC), Park Sung-sung (shortstop-SSG), Choi Won-jun (right fielder-KIA), and Kim Sung-yoon (left fielder-Samsung Lions).The batting order in the practice game is 80% (complete),” Ryu added.He also emphasized the importance of defense, which can make the difference in short games.”In training, I gave the infielders such as Park Sung-hwan and Kim Joo-won (NC) some lessons on the rhthm of catching the ball,” Ryu said, “and I hope they will improve.”The team will immediately begin local training on the 29th at the Xiaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center Auxiliary Field near Hangzhou.The team will not live in the athlete’s village, as the ballpark is far from the center of Hangzhou, but will have separate 스포츠토토 accommodations near the stadium.