The Korean baseball team, which was eliminated early after losing to Japan following Australia in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), returned to Korea on the 14th. Coaches and players, including coach Lee Kang-cheol, arrived at Incheon International Airport around 5:00 pm on the same day. With the goal of advancing to the WBC semifinals for the first time in 14 years, he left for Japan on the 4th and returned with a dark expression just 10 days later.
Korea lost straight to Australia and Japan in Group B in the first round. After catching the Czech Republic and China, they finished the first round with 2 wins, 2 losses, and 3rd place, and failed to advance to the second round. Following the 2013 and 2017 tournaments, it is the third consecutive first round elimination.스포츠토토
Director Lee met with the reporters at Incheon International Airport and said, “I have nothing to say except I’m sorry.” Coach Lee said, “The results were not good, but the team did their best. Players still have to play baseball. Please put all the blame on me,” he bowed his head.