Did it! ‘U25 Challenge’

Korean baseball, which only won a no medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, achieved a turnaround by achieving both generational change and good results at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Unlike in the past when the league was discontinued and the team was the best, it is evaluated that they have brightened the future of Korean baseball by attempting new compositions and challenges.카지노

The baseball team led by coach Ryu Joong-il defeated Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the Asian Games baseball final on the 7th, winning its fourth consecutive gold medal since the 2010 Guangzhou Games and its sixth Asian Games gold medal. This time, attention is drawn to the fact that the process was different. Since there is a military exemption attached to the Asian Games gold medal, it is also true that player selection has been done with this in mind. In the 2010 Guangzhou tournament, Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers), who was an active major leaguer at the time, participated. Oh Ji-hwan (LG Twins) deliberately postponed his enlistment in Sangmu and aimed to join the national team, earning a military exemption by winning a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, receiving cold looks from fans.

The Asian Games gold medal left a bitter aftertaste in that Japan, a strong rival, had sent non-elite baseball players from society to the Asian Games. Korean baseball, which was highly dependent on former aces, had few opportunities for young players to grow, and in the meantime, the gap with Japan widened. In the 2019 Premier 12, they took second place behind Japan, and suffered a disaster at the Tokyo Olympics, drawing a barrage of public opinion.

Afterwards, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) abolished the suspension of the league during the Asian Games and established its own regulation to ‘select players under the age of 25 or in their fourth year of professional experience.’ The three wild cards were also limited to players under the age of 29, and 15 of the 24 members of the national team wore the Taegeuk symbol for the first time in their lives.

Korea, which started off uneasy due to a loss in the match against Taiwan along with concerns that it was the weakest team, eventually won the gold medal by defeating Japan, China, and Taiwan in succession. The presence of next-generation superstars such as winning pitcher Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha Eagles) in the finals, Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha), Kim Joo-won (NC Dinos), and Park Young-hyun (KT Wiz) shone. The military exemption of 19 people, the largest ever, is a number that clearly shows the meaning of this competition.

As Coach Ryu said after winning the championship, “I saw the future of Korean baseball,” the results of this tournament are enough to mean that Korean baseball has laid the foundation for the development of baseball with young blood.

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