‘Why is Japan pouring in large pitchers?’ South Korea should learn from American and Japanese pitching coaches


Now we have to accept the result and start over. The World Baseball Classic (WBC) competition will continue to come. The next competition will be held in 2026. You must restore your honor. With only three years left, the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) and the 10 KBO league teams must put their heads together and move together.

The Korean baseball team, which participated in the 5th WBC, recorded 2 wins and 2 losses in the first round, and tasted the bitter taste of elimination in third place in the group. It was Korean baseball that made the feat of semi-finals in 2006 and runner-up in 2009. However, in 2013, 2017, and this tournament, he suffered the pain of being eliminated in the first round three times in a row.

In this tournament, Korea exposed its weakness in pitching power rather than offense. Pitchers who came out of the bullpen had a hard time because they couldn’t put strikes properly. The ball kept slipping out of his hand, or he lowered his head as it was driven high or in the middle. There were also many pitchers whose bodies had not yet risen. In the end, they had no choice but to keep using only pitchers who could throw even the head coach Lee Kang-cheol.

After all, it is a mound. Pitching power is vital, especially in short-term matches. If the pitchers were good in the first game against Australia, they would have played defensive baseball with a 4-2 lead.

In that respect, the KBO League now needs to professionally nurture young and good pitchers. There are many talented resources. Young future players who participated in this national team include Koo Chang-mo and Lee Eui-ri, Park Se-woong, Won Tae-in, So-jun So, Kwak Bin, Kim Yun-shik, Jung Cheol-won, Jung Woo-young, and Ko Woo-seok. In addition, Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun of Hanwha, and Jang Jae-young of Kiwoom are also valuable resources with potential. Ahn Woo-jin, who was shunned from the national team this time due to the issue of ‘academic violence’, is also included.

In the end, the key is to develop them into large pitchers. In order to do that, the leaders of each club must put their heart and soul into it.스포츠토토 Only then can we show competitive Korean baseball on the world stage. In this tournament, Japan’s Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), Roki Sasaki (Chiba Lotte), Yu Darvish (San Diego), and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes) all threw fastballs reaching speeds of 150 to 160 km per hour. South Korea needs to thoroughly study and analyze why Japanese pitchers have excellent ball control and fastball pitchers pour in.

Teaching young pitchers by opening an educational league at the KBO level can also be a great help for the development of Korean baseball. We must invite the best pitching coaches in the United States and Japan and hold seminars over several days to learn. Young pitchers, as well as all pitching coaches from each team, must attend the seminar and have intense discussions. Coaches have to learn so they can teach the players. You should have such a system. This could be called an investment.

It is also important to establish a well-planned overall competition strategy ahead of the international competition. The defeat against Australia was the most painful in this tournament. Like Game 7 of the Korean Series, I regret what it would have been like if I had gone all-in against Australia. First of all, in a situation where advancing to the second round is the top priority, what is more important than the Korea-Japan match is the victory against Australia. If only Australia had been defeated, even if they lost to Japan, they could have advanced to the second round with 3 wins and 1 loss.

An official in the baseball world said, “All baseball players should feel sorry for the fans and reflect. It is the fault of the entire league, including the leaders and players, KBO and the front desk of the club. We need to prepare for the next competition with a strategy and strategy,” he stressed.

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