“The ball doesn’t fall”, “the grass is soft”…APBC National Team adjusts to Tokyo Dome
One day before the start of the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) 2023, Team Korea arrived at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
The Korean National Team had only two hours to get used to the Tokyo Dome, starting at 11:30 am.
The Tokyo Dome, which will host the tournament for four days from the 16th, was opened for two hours each day to Korea, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan.
With the exception of Kim Hye-sung (Kiwoom Heroes) and Kwak Bin (Doosan Bears), most of the members of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) were playing in Tokyo Dome for the first time, so they had to familiarize themselves with the stadium as much as possible in a short time.
The home run-prone nature of the stadium was a warning sign for pitchers and fielders alike.
The Tokyo Dome runs blower fans to inflate the roof membrane, which is made of a special fiberglass material, creating an updraft inside the dome.
The Yomiuri Giants, who call it home, had a Park Factor Home Run Index of 106.9 in the 2022 season, the third highest among the 12 teams in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
The distance from home to the left and right field fences is 100 meters, and the center field fence is 122 meters. The fences are 4 meters high.
“I think it’s a very unfavorable field for pitchers,” 카지노사이트 said pitcher Won Tae-in (Samsung Lions) in the dugout, “and I definitely feel like my balls go a long way.”
“I think I’ll have to throw like I did at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu (where home runs are common),” he said, adding, “If I make a mistake, I’ll have to be careful with each pitch.”
The Beasts also exchanged feelings during training, saying, “The ball is not falling,” and Choi Ji-hoon (SSG Landers), who played in the WBC, gave advice to the younger players.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say that the ball flies well, but I think I should try to hit it,” said Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha Eagles), who batted fourth.
He then headed to the batting cage and hit one home run after another.
Only the mound, home plate, and bases are covered in dirt, while the rest of the field, including the main field, is artificial turf.
Kim Hui-jip (Kiwoom Heroes), who plays at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, said, “The ground (grass) is pressed down and feels soft when you step on it,” and compared it to “the bouncing feeling of the ball during fungo training.”
In the infield drills, Kim Joo-won (NC Dinos) and Kim Hwi-jip took the shortstop positions, while Kim Hye-sung (Kiwoom) played second base.
Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha Eagles) and Na Seung-yeop (Lotte Giants) played first base, while Kim Do-young (KIA Tigers) was in charge of third base.
The national team will start the first round of qualifying against Australia on Nov. 16 with Moon Dong-ju on the mound. 온라인카지노