Yomiuri Shimbun, Anatomy of Korea “The biggest rival… There is almost no gap”
Japan’s largest media ‘Yomiuri Shimbun’ dissected the Korean national team.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the 23rd, ‘The World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean national team boasts an iron wall. He also had a major league power hitter. The gap with Japan is not large,” he said.
The Yomiuri Shimbun said, “Japan’s Samurai Japan’s biggest rival in Group B is Korea, which has been playing well. The biggest strength is the shortstop and second baseman, who are rated as the best in the tournament by the official major league website,’ he explained.
The shortstop is Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), and the second baseman is Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals). It is a keystone combination that plays as a main player in the major leagues.
The Yomiuri Shimbun said, ‘Shortstop Kim Ha-seong is a colleague of Darvish Yoo. The second baseman is Edmon, who won the 2021 Gold Glove. Kim Ha-seong played 1092 innings as a shortstop last season, recording a fielding percentage of 0.982. Among shortstops who played more than 1,000 innings, only four players in the major leagues maintained a fielding ratio of 0.980 or higher,” he praised Kim Ha-seong.
Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Gwang-hyun could not be left out.
The Yomiuri Shimbun said, ‘The player with the highest level of attention is Lee Jung-hoo. He won the KBO League MVP last season. He declared a major league challenge after the end of this season. He is the son of Lee Jong-beom, who played for the Chunichi Dragons in the past. The official website of Major League Baseball introduced this outfielder as the best outfielder of the tournament along with Mike Trout and Mookie Betts.
“He is a player with high expectations.
Regarding Kim Gwang-hyeon, he expressed it as a ‘Japanese killer’. 토토사이트
The Yomiuri Shimbun said, ‘Kim Gwang-hyun faced Japan at the Beijing Olympics and the 2nd WBC. He is a left-hander who is considered the Japanese killer. Kim Gwang-hyun is still alive,” he said, expecting that he would come out as a starter against Japan this time too.
The Yomiuri Shimbun said, ‘The Korean team has such talented people. He maintained a prudent appearance, saying, “The opponent record in the WBC is 4 wins and 4 losses.” He continued, ‘The difference between Korea and power is small. It would not be surprising if Korea lifts the championship trophy in Miami (final round),’ said the official website of the Major League Baseball.
The Korea-Japan match will be held on March 10th as the second round of the Group B preliminary round between the two countries.