The Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) has finalized its national coaching staff and squad for the 30th Asian Baseball Championship, which will be held in Taiwan next month from March 3-10.
In April, the federation confirmed Lee Dong-dae as the head coach after an open recruitment and evaluation of national coaches by age group, and appointed Inha University’s Won Jung-bae (head coach), Dankook University’s Kim Yoo-jin (pitching coach), and NC Dinos’ Son Yong-seok (fielding coach) as the coaches for their respective fields at the Performance Improvement Committee held on the 11th of last month. For each position, 11 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders, and four outfielders were selected for the final roster, totaling 24 players.
The rookie outfielders Jeong Jun-young (KT) and Kim Bum-seok (LG), who are playing in the Korean Series, joined the national team after last year’s World Youth Baseball Championship, 카지노사이트 as well as Na Seung-yeop (Lotte), Cho Byung-hyun (SSG), and Jang Min-ki (KIA), who were recently discharged from the Armed Forces Athletic Corps.
Jang Ji-soo (Hanwha), Lee Byung-heon (Doosan), and Kim Dong-hyuk (Kiwoom) will be the mainstays on the mound, with “classmates” Lee Ki-seok (NC) and Kim Sung-woo (LG) serving as reliable relievers. Park Joo-chan (NC) and Lee Min-joon (Hanwha) are expected to be the keystone duo, while Eurhyup (Hanwha) will anchor the outfield.
In addition, 2024 KBO rookies Jung Hyun-soo (Songwon University/Lotte 2R), Kang Dong-hoon (Chungang University/KIA 5R), Jung Hyun-seung (Inha University/SSG 6R), Seo Jung-hoon (Dankook University/Hanwha Development), and Jeong Jun-jae (Dongguk University/SSG 5R) will join the national team as college players.
A total of eight nations will compete in the 30th edition of the Asian Games, with Korea drawn in Group A, where they will face Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Palestine in the preliminary round. Group B is comprised of Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Pakistan. The top two teams from the preliminary round will advance to the super round, with the top two teams in the final standings based on the combined results of their preliminary round opponents (one game) and super round performance (two games).
Meanwhile, the federation, which aims to regain the top spot after eight years since the 2015 edition of the tournament, will convene the squad for domestic strengthening training and leave for Taiwan after maximizing the team’s strength from the 22nd of this month and will play the opening match against Chinese Taipei at the Taipei Dome on the 3rd of next month at 7 p.m. (KST).