At the time when Lee Kang-cheol, the baseball team coach, visited Australia and returned home with a plan for power, the two national players left Korea through the departure hall on the contrary. The first step in earnest in 2023 by Lee Jung-hoo (25‧ Kiwoom) and Lee Eui-ri (21‧KIA) began so quietly and powerfully.
The two players, who boarded the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team side by side to be held in March, departed for the United States via Incheon International Airport on the 9th. The purpose is to make the body more thorough ahead of the season. The two players will train for about 20 days at a training facility in Los Angeles. Regardless of the sport, it is known as a facility that famous players are looking for. Systematic training raises expectations.
Kiwoom and KIA will begin field training in Arizona, USA from February 1st. There have been cases in the past where they left for the United States first to train 10 days before the camp to adjust to the jet lag. However, it is not uncommon to enter 20 days earlier. Lee Jung-hoo has also been building his body mainly in Korea. This is a part where you can feel that the will of the two players for success in 2023 is strong.
2023 could be a turning point in both players’ careers. The desire to prepare more thoroughly may have originated here.
Lee Jung-hoo, who has now become the best hitter in the KBO League in name and reality, decided to challenge the major leagues after the 2023 season. The evaluation of Lee Jung-hoo has already reached a number of conclusions, but the report can be revised more positively by this year’s performance, which is the season just before advancing. It can affect the interest of the club and even the salary. Lee Jeong-hoo, who has not yet had a championship experience, also wants to advance to the United States while receiving applause along with the victory of his team.
Lee Eui-ri, who is on the verge of breaking an egg, is now on her way from a promising young pitcher to a pivotal pitcher leading the rotation. In 29 games last year, he went 10-10 with an earned run average of 3.86, and for the first time in his life, he also played 154 regular innings. To get to Ace, a better grade is absolutely necessary. Compared to his debut season, his pitching innings have grown considerably, so taking care of his body is essential.
His performance in the WBC also raises expectations. No matter what anyone says, Lee Jung-hoo is the key hitter of the national team. He opens the way for the national team’s offense and sometimes has to be the fixer. He is also interested in whether the swing mechanism of admiration that handles any ball well will develop one step further. Eui-ri Lee has the charm of being a lefty who throws a fast ball. After being selected as a surprise at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in 2021, he surprised the world, and then emerged as a star by showing a strikeout show, such as throwing a fastball at the tournament.
After individual training in the United States, the two players plan to join their teams in time for the spring camp. For about 20 days, attention is focused on what kind of body and what answer to wear the team uniform again.