Home run king Noh Shi-hwan (Hanwha), who has been booked as the No. 4 hitter for the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) squad led by manager Ryu Jung-il, has vowed to showcase Korea’s home run prowess at the Tokyo Dome, dubbed the “heart of Japanese baseball.
The 2023 APBC Team, which will open the tournament at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on April 16, has been training at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu since April 6. The team will continue to train and play practice games at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu until March 13.
Of the final 26 players, LG’s Jung Woo-young, Moon Bo-kyung, KT’s Park Young-hyun, and the injured KT’s Kang Baek-ho were excluded from the first training session, while NC’s Kim Young-kyu, Kim Hyung-joon, and Kim Joo-won, who played nine games in the playoffs, will join the team from Tuesday, July 7. For those who were not called up, the decision to add or replace them will be made based on the upcoming postseason schedule.
Instead, pitchers Cho Byung-hyun (SSG), Lee Byung-heon (Doosan), Kim Tae-kyung (Commerce), catcher Heo In-seo (Commerce), and infielders Han Tae-yang (Commerce), Na Seung-yeop (Lotte), and Moon Hyun-bin (Hanwha), who were included in the 20-man preliminary roster, joined the camp in Daegu.
To give the young professionals a chance to gain experience in international competition, the players will participate in all training schedules with the national team. The final roster can be changed within the preliminary roster up to the 14th, and replacements will be made as needed based on a comprehensive assessment of the Korean Series schedule and the players’ physical condition.
“I won my first title at the Hangzhou Asian Games with the Korean flag, so I’m determined to come back with a win this time,” said Noh, who met with the team at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on June 6.
As the No. 4 hitter for Ryu Joong-il, he is poised to showcase the spicy flavor of Korean baseball. “Of course, I want to win and come back,” Noh said. If you try to show too much, it can be hard. It would be great if I can do well and win the title, but team victory is more important than individual performance. If I can’t hit, I’ll focus on defense.” 무지개토토 주소
Noh also believes that a victory at the APBC following the Hangzhou Asian Games would not only mark a successful generational change in the national team, but also restore Korea’s image as a baseball powerhouse.
Noh, who has never played in the Tokyo Dome, said, “I heard that the batting is good. They say it favors home run hitters.” “I won the Asian Games, but I was disappointed that I didn’t have a home run. As the home run king, I hope to hit a big one in this tournament and lift the trophy.”