World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team Park Kun-woo (33) made a surprise appearance as a third baseman in a practice game.
Park Kun-woo started as third baseman in the 9th in a practice game against the SSG Landers Futures team held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 3rd and recorded 3 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 home run, 4 RBIs and 3 runs.
The main third baseman for the WBC national team is Choi Jeong, who finished third in home runs (26) last year. Choi Jeong-eun is also the only professional third baseman on the national team. However, in the practice game that day, Park Gun-woo played as the third baseman. Park Kun-woo, who played as the NC center fielder, is on the ground wearing a third baseman’s glove, a rare sight that can never be seen in the KBO League.
A KBO official said, “Today, Choi Jeong’s physical condition is not good. Originally, coach Kim Min-jae decided to watch the third baseman, but Park Gun-woo decided to play as the third baseman so that all the players could take turns at bat in the practice game. He obviously doesn’t play too hard. Park Kun-woo had the experience of playing as a third baseman when he was an amateur, so he came out as a third baseman,” he explained.토토사이트
Fortunately, in this game, there were not many hits in the direction of third base where Park Gun-woo was. In the 6th inning, he gave up an infield hit on Choi Sang-min’s surprise bunt, but showed a clean defense overall. He also played a big role in hitting, hitting a 1 RBI double in the 5th inning, a solo home run in the 7th inning, and a 2 RBI double in the 9th inning.
It is an unfamiliar position, but Park Gun-woo finished the game safely without any mistakes. However, it is a matter of concern that the starting third baseman, Choi Jeong, is not in good physical condition to the extent that he cannot play. A KBO official said, “Choi Jeong was not seriously injured. He won’t have a big problem going to the competition,” he said.
The national team will depart for Osaka, Japan via Incheon International Airport on the 4th. In Osaka, we plan to hold a practice match with Orix. Attention is focusing on whether Choi Jeong-yi will be able to compete in Japan.