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Even if the national teammates keep changing… 27.7 billion catchers in the 8th year, the heyday of catchers

For nearly 10 years, the national housekeeper is still Yang Eui-ji (Doosan).

On the 4th, the KBO held a press conference with national team coach Lee Kang-cheol and Technical Committee Chairman Cho Beom-hyun and announced 30 entries for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March. Yang Eui-ji and Lee Ji-young (Kiwoom) were included in the catcher’s entry. Initially, three catchers were considered, but the final decision was made with two.

Director Lee explained the selection of Lee Ji-young and showed his faith in Yang Eui-ji, saying, “The main player is thinking of Yang Eui-ji.” After wearing the Taegeuk mark for the first time at the 2015 Premier 12, Yang Eui-ji will participate in six consecutive international competitions, including the 2017 WBC, 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, 2019 Premier 12, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and this WBC.

While Yang Eui-ji was selected for six competitions, the position next to the catcher’s entry kept changing. Yang Eui-ji and Kang Min-ho first teamed up in 2015, Yang Eui-ji and Kim Tae-gun (replacing Kang Min-ho) in 2017, Yang Eui-ji and Lee Jae-won in 2018, and Yang Eui-ji and Park Se-hyuk in 2019. In 2021 (Tokyo Olympics), Yang Eui-ji and Kang Min-ho reunited. 토토

While going through the national team, he became the league’s best in terms of ransom. Yang Eui-ji wore an NC uniform for 12.5 billion won in 4 years in 2019, and then returned to Doosan with a stamp for up to 15.2 billion won in 4+2 years in November last year and broke the league’s highest amount in FA total. For the time being, Yang Eui-ji’s ransom seems unlikely to be broken.

Yang Eui-ji did not show good batting ability in the national team. However, due to the nature of the catcher position, a player with a lot of experience is required, and the experience of working evenly with various pitchers is essential, so Yang Eui-ji, the best catcher in the league, will inevitably continue for the time being.

As soon as the national team entry was announced, Yang Eui-ji contacted Lee Ji-young, who will play together, and said, ‘Let’s do well’. Lee Ji-young replied to Yang Eui-ji, “If you do well, I will support you well.” Attention is focusing on whether Yang Eui-ji, the national hostess, will once again show off her strong presence at the 2023 WBC.

◆ 2023 WBC Korea National Team 30-man roster

Pitcher: Ko Woo-seok Sohn Joon-jun Lee Yong-chan Won Tae-in Kim Won-joong Park Se-woong Park Se-woong Kwak Bin Jung Cheol-won Jung Woo-young Koh Young-pyo Kim Gwang-hyun Kim Yun-sik Yang Hyeon-jong Lee Ui-ri Koo Chang-mo (15)

Catcher: Yang Eui-ji Lee Ji-young (2)

Infielder: Choi Jeong Kim Hye-sung Oh Ji-hwan Park Byeong-ho Kang Baek-ho Kim Ha-seong Tommy Edman Choi Ji-man (8)

Outfielders: Lee Jung-hoo Kim Hyeon-soo Park Hae-min Na Seong-beom Park Geon-woo (5)