’99 Bears duo’ Doosan Bears pitcher Kwak Bin and pitcher Jeong Cheol-won are briefly parting ways. This is why Kwak Bin joined the Hangzhou Asian Games national team. Kwak Bin, who promised to return to Doosan with a gold medal around his neck in two weeks, asked his same-age friend to give him more strength in the fight for the team rankings.토토사이트
After joining the national team on September 23, Kwak Bin started in a practice game against the Sangmu Baseball Team held at Gocheok Dome on the 26th and recorded 3 hits, 1 strikeout, and no runs in 3 innings. Kwak Bin suffered a heavy hit from leadoff hitter Yoon Dong-hee in the top of the first inning, but ended the inning by inducing all subsequent batters to hit.
In the top of the second inning, Kwak Bin hit a heavy hit from Koo Bon-hyuk with two outs, but led Sang-kwon Byun to a grounder to first base. Kwak Bin, who was on the mound in the top of the third inning, gave up a left-field hit to Dong-hee Yoon and a bases-loaded ball to Joo-won Kim after one out, putting him in danger of scoring with one out and first and second bases. However, Kwak Bin caught Kim Ji-chan with a fly ball to shortstop and Seong-ho Cheon with a fly ball to left field and ended the inning with no runs.
Kwak Bin showed excellent pitching form, recording 27 strikes out of 39 total pitches, along with 3 scoreless innings.
Kwak Bin, along with Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha Eagles), is considered a candidate to be the starting pitcher for the second match against Taiwan in the most important preliminary round of the Asian Games.
National team coach Ryu Joong-il said, “We need an all-out effort against Taiwan. The starting pitcher for the Taiwan game is still being considered. You have to choose between Kwak Bin or Moon Dong-ju. “We will continue to consider with the coaches which player will work considering the arm swings of Kwak Bin and Moon Dong-joo and the swing trajectory of Taiwanese batters,” he said.
Kwak Bin, who met with MK Sports after completing the last national team training held at Gocheok Dome on the 27th, said, “From the first day of joining, Coach Choi Il-eon gave me advice on moving the lower body. Because I paid more attention to that aspect, I definitely hit less balls when I pitched in practice games. He felt that among the batters he faced, Donghee Seon (Yoon) had a good batting feel. He said, “I killed two birds with one stone because it also improved Donghee’s batting ability (laughter).”
Regarding the possibility of him starting against Taiwan, Kwak Bin waved his hand and said, “Even if I were the coach, I would probably use (Moon) Dong-ju in the most important game,” and then added, “That’s how good Dong-ju’s pitch was really good yesterday. I always try to prepare to pitch under the belief that I can play in any game. “Among the Taiwanese hitters, the leadoff left-handed hitter (Zeng Zhongzhe, of the Pittsburgh Minor League) was the most impressive,” he said, nodding.
Kwak Bin appeared in 22 games (121.1 innings) this season and played an active role as the team’s main starter with 11 wins, 7 losses, an ERA of 2.97, and 97 strikeouts. Doosan also cannot help but feel the absence of Kwak Bin greatly during the Asian Games national team call-up. As the battle for the top 5 is fierce, Kwak Bin’s mind cannot be completely at ease.
Kwak Bin said, “I believe that other colleagues can do better even if I am not there. Since our team is strong in the fall, we will be able to aim higher than we are now. (Jeong) Cheorwon told me to come back with a gold medal, so I told Cheorwon, ‘Make it 3rd,’” he said with a smile.
Just like Jeong Cheol-won’s encouragement, Kwak Bin wants to win the gold medal and ‘gold’s return’ as a team. The Asian Games gold medal, which can shake off the nightmare of this year’s WBC competition, is a goal that national team players must achieve ‘at all costs.’
Jeong Cheol-won said, “Compared to previous international competitions, I think this competition is a time where we must unconditionally obtain results rather than experience. The team age group is small and we have many friends, so we are preparing for the competition in a comfortable atmosphere. “Although our power is undervalued, we are all working hard to help Korean baseball develop, so we ask for the public’s support,” he said emphatically.