Pitcher Seon-Cham Choi and Hyeon-Jong Yang are still excited about the 6th Taegeuk mark
KIA Tigers left-handed pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong (35) was listed on the national team list on the 4th, and neighboring Japan was also surprised.
Yang Hyeon-jong was included in the final 30 entries for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) announced on the 4th. After wearing the Taegeuk mark for the first time at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, it is already the 6th national team promotion following the 2014 Asian Games, 2017 WBC, 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, and 2019 Premier12.
Many people discuss the importance of a generational change in the national team, but the aces of the national team are still pitchers of the same age as Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG Landers). A Japanese media outlet said on the 5th, “After seeing the Korean national team list, Japanese baseball fans may think, ‘It’s still there.’
At a press conference on the 4th, national team coach Lee Kang-cheol ordered, “Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyun should become leaders based on a lot of experience as seniors in the national team.” It means that you have to show not only the performance you show on the mound, but also the leadership that leads young pitchers in their early and mid-20s.
Yang Hyeon-jong is well aware of that responsibility. Yang Hyeon-jong said in an interview with ‘Sport TV News’ on the 5th, “It is an honor to be selected for the national team. Of course, I should do well, but I am also thinking about whether I should tell a good story or a story that will help young players.”
If you do well, you will make your money, but if you do not, you will have to take on a lot of responsibility. Nevertheless, Yang Hyeon-jong expressed his feeling of being selected for the national team as “excited.” He said, “I always get excited, nervous, and nervous when I’m selected for the national team. I can’t help but feel various emotions every time I wear the Taegeuk mark,” revealing a complex and subtle mind between excitement and burden.
메이저놀이터 Yang Hyeon-jong pitched 170 innings in 8 consecutive seasons for the first time in the KBO last year, showing both responsibility and durability as the best left-handed pitcher in Korea. He has to pitch more innings this year as he reached the Taegeuk mark for the first time in four years, but he is still ready to hit the mound with his spikes strapped on at any time. Attention is focused on the Tokyo mound this spring whether Yang Hyeon-jong, the pitcher of the national team, will show an activity worthy of his name.