It is truly a forced march. SSG Landers ‘Ace’ Kim Gwang-hyeon recalled the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March 2023, and in addition to anticipation, he also had subtle concerns.
Kim Gwang-hyun is training his strength for the new 2023 KBO League season with his juniors in Okinawa, Japan. On the 2nd, Oh Won-seok, Baek Seung-geon, Lee Ki-soon, and even Park Si-hoo, took the juniors who were ‘lefties’ and headed to the south, where the environment was better for exercising. He went at his own expense.
First of all, they plan to warm up in Okinawa, and then go to Florida, USA, where the campsite is located, as the SSG squad spring training starter on the 25th. However, Kim Gwang-hyun was a little worried about the WBC schedule before going to Okinawa.
Due to the schedule of his team SSG and the national team, the distance he has to move is not easy. Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I am a little worried. The SSG campground is Florida, but the national team is called up in Arizona, USA. After training there, I will come back to Seoul.”
The national team led by head coach Lee Kang-chul, who will participate in this year’s WBC, will convene, train, and practice in Arizona on the 14th of next month and return to Korea. On March 2 and 3, they will continue training at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “After training in Gocheok, I go to Osaka, Japan, to practice and practice. Then he moves to Tokyo for the first round. If he keeps going up, he has to go back to Florida. And he worried that after the tournament, he will return to Korea and prepare for the season by playing KBO exhibition games.” 안전놀이터
Like everyone else, Kim Gwang-hyeon wants to go to international competitions wearing the Taegeuk mark and achieve good results. However, the tight schedule is bound to be a burden. Besides, Kwang-Hyun Kim is SSG ‘Ace’. He needs to stay in good shape for the new season. The schedule going back and forth between Korea, the United States, and Japan will act as a burden on physical strength.
The national team leaves for Osaka on March 4th. Training on the 5th, and practice matches against a Japanese professional team on the 6th and 7th. After that, you will have to move to Tokyo for a considerable amount of time. Australia on the 9th, Japan on the 10th, Czech Republic on the 12th, and China on the 13th.
It is a matter of pride for professional baseball players to wear the ‘Taegeuk mark’ and play on the international stage. However, it is natural to be concerned that the physical burden caused by the forced march will affect the new season following the WBC.