• January 7, 2023

Hanwha without a national team, a sigh of caring fans

I couldn’t find Hanwha’s name.

On the 4th, at the Dogok-dong Baseball Hall in Seoul. It is a press conference to announce the final list of 30 members of the national team to participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Questions from reporters followed.

“Hanwha players… (No one was selected)”

Laughter erupted from the surroundings.

Director Lee Kang-chul smiled as if he had difficulty answering and passed the microphone to Technical Committee Chairman Cho Beom-hyeon.

Chairman Cho Bum-hyeon also expressed his apologies to the Hanwha team, saying, “I was unintentionally left out because I was selected as the best in the selection criteria,” with a embarrassed smile.

By club, 안전놀이터 LG Twins had the most with 6, followed by KT Wiz with 4, Kiwoom Heroes, KIA Tigers, NC Dinos, Doosan Bears with 3, SSG Landers, Lotte Giants with 2, and Samsung Lions with 1 each.

The other three are overseas players: Ha-seong Kim of the San Diego Padres, Ji-man Choi of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Tommy Edman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

What did the Hanwha players think after seeing the reaction on the field?

Hanwha ranked last for three consecutive years.

It is not the first time that the national team has zero members. That’s why it’s not surprising.

There are many promising players, but the reality of Hanwha is that they have not yet reached their potential and do not have a team leader.

This is the reason Bosal fans sigh.

How about this season? There are many expectations factors.

They recruited outfielder Chae Eun-seong, infielder Oh Seon-jin, and pitcher Lee Tae-yang as free agents. And second-year ‘monster pitcher’ Moon Dong-ju, 2023 KBO rookie draft overall 1st overall ‘super rookie’ Seo-hyun Kim.

Hanwha has to change for the passionate fans who still have more days to lose than days to win.

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