At the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which closed on the 8th, Korean baseball beat Taiwan 2-0 in the final and won the gold medal, achieving its fourth consecutive Asian Games victory. 토토사이트링크 South Korea, which had been exposed to anxiety by losing 0-4 to Taiwan in the preliminary round, succeeded in avenging the final by taking advantage of the pitching of pitchers including starter Moon Dong-ju Hanwha Eagles, excellent defensive concentration, and the difficulty of Taiwanese starter Lin Yu-min at the beginning of the game. Some players, including Kang Baek-ho kt Wiz, showed tears of joy after the game.
Korean baseball, which suffered from a series of slumps in recent international competitions, including no medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and elimination in the first round of this year’s World Baseball Classic, succeeded in recovering its honor little by little with four consecutive Asian Games losses. However, justification such as recovering the honor of Korean baseball is a matter for officials from the Korea Baseball Organization and the Korea Baseball Association to think about. Clubs, fans, and individual players in the KBO League will be reminded of the silliness they can get through the Asian Games gold medal first.
The best reward that a gold medal can earn at the Asian Games, which are made up of young athletes, is also a military service benefit. In fact, the gold medal will ease the huge burden of military service for 19 athletes who have yet to be resolved. However, among the 19 players who benefited from military service, the contrast between big and small was mixed for each club. Which team laughed the most with the Asian Games gold medal and which team left the disappointment.
The oldest player in the national team this time was Park Se-woong born in 1995 the glasses ace of the Lotte Giants. Park Se-woong, who started his professional career in kt in 2014 and is already in his 10th year as a professional, received dramatic military service benefits as he won a gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which he participated in when pressure to join the military increased. Park Se-woong played a significant role as the oldest member of the Korean team in this tournament, becoming a winning pitcher with six innings of two hits, nine strikeouts and no runs in the Super Round against Japan.
Not only Park Se-woong, but also right-hander Na Kyun-an, who is playing as a native one-two punch with Park Se-woong this season, and outfielder Yoon Dong-hee, who recorded a batting average of .435 OPS on-base plus slugging of 1.196 in this tournament, received military service benefits. For Lotte, Park Se-woong and Na Kyun-an, key players on the team’s mound, and Yoon Dong-hee, who will lead the future team’s batting line-up, have resolved military issues, becoming the club that benefited the most at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Hanwha, which featured third baseman Roh Si-hwan, who ranks first in home runs 31 in the KBO League this season, and Moon Dong-joo, who finished the season with 8 wins, 8 losses and a 3.72 ERA, also received military service benefits for the best hitter and future ace in the team. Noh Si-hwan failed to hit the home run he expected while playing as the national team’s built-in fourth hitter.With a high batting average of 438, he had six RBIs, playing his full role as the fourth hitter.
Hanwha’s club declared Moon Dong-ju’s season deadline after the LG Twins match on the 3rd. Fans expressed regret because they could play one or two more games before the Asian Games, but Hanwha’s judgment was excellent as a result. This is because Moon Dong-ju, who prepared for the Asian Games by checking his pitching power after the season early, started the final against Taiwan and contributed decisively to South Korea’s gold medal with six innings of three hits, seven strikeouts and no runs.
Moon Bo-kyung and Jung Woo-young also received military service benefits for LG, a regular league winner with three players, including Moon Bo-kyung and Jung Woo-young, and Ko Woo-suk, who has already solved military service problems. Moon Bo-kyung, who turned into a first baseman after giving up his third base to Noh Si-hwan, showed a decisive performance whenever it was important, recording six RBIs with a good defense, although his batting average was low at .190. Sidearm Jung Woo-young pitched against Hong Kong and China and blocked two scoreless innings.
Kt Wiz, where Kang Baek-ho and Park Young-hyun participated, won the gold medal side by side with two players who failed to resolve military service. Kang Baek-ho, who has been under fire several times for big and small problems in the national team, played as a designated hitter at the Asian Games and contributed to the gold medal with one home run and three RBIs, relieving the burden. In his second year as a professional, right-hander Park Young-hyun played as a setup man for the national team following his team, striking out eight in 5.1 innings in four games, earning one save and two holds.
The Samsung Lions, where Won Tae-in and Kim Ji-chan were selected, had a total of three players participating as they even joined Kim Sung-yoon as a replacement for Lee Jung-hoo Kium Heroes, who left due to injury. Won Tae-in, who started against Hong Kong and China, struck out 14 in 10 innings and did not allow a single run, while infielder Kim Ji-chan won the gold medal in two games as a substitute in the preliminary round alone. Kim Sung-yoon, a military veteran, played in six games as the ninth left fielder and recorded four hits in 18 at-bats batting average of .222.
Shortstop Kim Joo-won and left-hander Kim Young-kyu of the NC Dinos, and left-hander setup man Choi Ji-min of the KIA Tigers received military service benefits, but there were many regrets. This is because NC’s left-hander ace Koo Chang-mo and KIA’s regular Lee Eui-ri were excluded from the national team due to injuries and did not receive military service benefits. In particular, Lee Eui-ri, who was excluded from the national team due to left-handed middle finger blisters and shoulder inflammation, started against kt on the 3rd, when Korea played its first Super Round match against Japan, and played 5.1 innings, leaving even more regretful.
Lee Jung-hoo, the main character of last year’s season’s five-time champion and regular league MVP, was excluded due to injury, but Kiwoom also got a good result in the Asian Games. Kim Hye-sung, who played in the Asian Games instead of his second 200-hit challenge ever, played as a built-in second baseman and first hitter for South Korea, helping South Korea win the gold medal with a batting average of .292 3 RBIs and 6 points. Rookie catcher Kim Dong-heon, who is considered Lee Ji-young’s successor, also played as a backup for Kim Hyung-joon, relieved the heavy burden of military service in his first year of professional debut.
Jihoon Choi SSG Landers, a fourth-year college graduate, led Korea’s gold medal by posting a batting average of .524 11 hits in 21 times at bat, one homer, five RBIs and six runs, the highest in the national team. In addition, there is a player in the national team who enjoyed military service without throwing a single ball.