KBO clarified rumors related to the selection of the Hangzhou Asian Games national team.
On the 21st, the Korean Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) Performance Improvement Committee and the KBO Power Strengthening Committee confirmed the replacement of two of the 24 members of the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team who were injured or in the recovery stage from injury but were judged to have difficulty showing normal performance during the tournament. .
Outfielder Kim Seong-yoon (Samsung) and pitcher Kim Young-gyu (NC) were selected to replace Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), who was injured in the game against Lotte on July 22, and Koo Chang-mo (NC), who had not pitched for the first team since the LG game on June 2 due to injury. did.
Kim Seong-yoon is an outfielder who was selected in the 2nd 4th round (39th place) of the 2017 rookie draft. He performed well this season with a batting average of .301 4/3 (72 hits in 229 at-bats) in 96 games, 2 home runs, 27 RBIs, 38 runs, 18 steals, and an OPS of .757. showed it He joined the Navy after the 2018 season and completed his military service early.스포츠토토
Kim Young-gyu, who joined NC in the 2nd 8th round (79th rank) of the 2018 rookie draft, is a left-handed pitcher who recorded 2 wins, 4 losses, 21 holds, and an ERA of 3.34 in 59 games (56⅔ innings) this season. He was given a chance as a starting pitcher early in his career, but in the last two years he has played primarily out of the bullpen. Kim Young-gyu has not yet served in the military.
For this Asian Games national team, the KBO created its own regulations and selected national players. Up to three players from each team, including wild cards (3 players) regardless of age, who were under 25 years of age or in their fourth year of joining the team also formed the national team. This regulation was created because controversy arose regarding military service exemption even after winning a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
However, unfortunately, only two players from each team were selected for this national team who had not completed their military service. Because of this, there was a rumor among fans that there was a rule that each team would select only two unqualified players. In particular, after Lee Jeong-hoo’s injury, Kim Hyun-jun (Samsung), Yoon Dong-hee, and Kim Min-seok (Lotte) were consistently mentioned as candidates, but this story gained momentum as Kim Seong-yoon, who had already completed his military service ahead of the national team selection, suddenly emerged.
Samsung already has undrafted players Won Tae-in and Kim Ji-chan selected for the national team. Lotte also selected Park Se-woong and Na Kyun-an, who had not yet filled in, to the national team. If Kim Hyun-jun, Yoon Dong-hee or Kim Min-seok are selected, Samsung or Lotte will have three players who have not completed military service and will wear the Taegeuk symbol.
KBO responded to these rumors by saying, “The principle of not selecting three players per team who have not completed military service has not been discussed at all. For this Asian Games, selection was made without any consideration of military service status. “Excluding wild cards, the national team was formed under the selection principles of age, age limit (under 25 years old or less than 4 years of joining the team), and a maximum of 3 players per team (including wild cards),” the official statement said.
The Asian Games national team, which had a lot of talk and trouble, finally confirmed its final roster. The players will be convened on the 23rd and begin training at Gocheok Sky Dome, play a practice game with Sangmu on the 26th, and then depart for Hangzhou, China, where the Asian Games will be held on the 28th.