I finally got the opportunity to play as a member of the national team, but it’s a shame that I joined the military during the season.
KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) announced a 35-member preliminary list of the Korean national team (Team Korea) that will play practice games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in the “MLB World Tour Seoul Series Special Game” on the 2nd.라바카지노
Although it is a practice game, it is an honor for them. The Dodgers and San Diego will play an official Major League game in Seoul, the capital of Korea, for the first time ever. It is special in that it is not just a season game but an official opening game for the 2024 season, and it is a showdown between teams full of superstars such as Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Fernando Tatis Jr., Yu Darvish, and Kim Ha-sung (San Diego).
It is a practice game, but it cannot be relaxed at all. Dodgers and San Diego players arrive in Korea several days earlier than the opening game, adjust to jet lag, manage their physical conditions, and play two practice games each over two days. This special game is the final stage where players can check their sense of play ahead of the opening game.
Team Korea, which is comprised mainly of young players in their early to mid-20s, will also face off against Dodgers in one game and San Diego in one game. The remaining two games are split between LG Twins and Kiwoom Heroes. It is an honor to be able to play in the same ground with teams with the best players in the world.
With 10 major players in their 20s listed in the preliminary entry, Lotte Giants have been selected as many as five players for the preliminary entry. Na Kyun-an, Choi Joon-yong, Son Sung-bin, Han Dong-hee and Yoon Dong-hee were selected as the largest number.
As it is a preliminary entry, the number of people is expected to decrease further in the final entry, but Han Dong-hee’s name stands out for now.
Lotte’s third baseman and rising star Han Dong-hee, dubbed the “Post Lee Dae-ho,” aimed to make the roster for the Hangzhou Asian Games team last year by posting a .300 batting average and double-digit home runs for three consecutive years in the 2022 season. However, the outcome was rather disappointing. After suffering a severe batting slump last season, Han failed to make the entry list due to falling indicators vertically.
Expectations are still high for Han Dong-hee, including Lee Dae-ho, a “great senior.” He made efforts to improve his skills by visiting the U.S. This time, however, he lacked the power to join the military during this season. Han Dong-hee has applied to the Sangmu Baseball Team, and if he is finally accepted, he will join the military in June. Even if he fails to join the Sangmu Baseball Team, he has to join the military in general. With his lessons and team spring camp, the 2024 season will end in just two months.
Manager Kim Tae-hyung also expressed regret over Han Dong-hee’s joining the military during this season. He must be more disappointed in himself than anyone else. However, as he is still a highly competitive prospect, he should not give up hope. If he joins the team after showcasing things he realized in the last season on the ground early in the season, he will be able to maintain his sense while playing in the Futures League game. The immediate vacancy is regrettable but one step backward to advance two steps.