Japan’s interest in Korea’s next-generation left-handed ace Koo Chang-mo (26) is hot. It was not enough to watch Gu Chang-mo’s pitching, so he directly requested pitching videos from domestic broadcasters.토토사이트
Expectations in Japan for the Japanese national baseball team participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) are sky high. A correspondent from a Japanese news agency who recently visited the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, where the Korean national team trains, said, “The Japanese WBC team this time is the best ever. Many people think it is better than the 2009 WBC team. Darvish Yu (San Diego) also It was the first time since the WBC, and many major leaguers participated,” he said, conveying the atmosphere in Japan.
At the 2009 WBC, Japan defeated Korea to win the championship. However, the current national team, which includes six major leaguers, including Darvish, Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston), is being highly valued, and Japan is wary of Korea. According to KBO, a Japanese terrestrial broadcaster came to the training ground and asked what coach Lee Kang-cheol and the players thought about the Korea-Japan match.
Among them, it was Gu Chang-mo who showed the most interest. Unlike Kim Gwang-hyun (35, SSG) and Yang Hyeon-jong (35, KIA), the reason is that there are few videos about Gu Chang-mo, who had little exposure on the international stage, but it also means that he is seen as a strong candidate for the Korea-Japan match.
Koo Chang-mo is currently considered one of the most influential Korean left-handed ace candidates following Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto), Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG), and Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA). At the recent SSG spring camp, Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I think the most likely candidate is Gu Chang-mo,” and “I think there will definitely be things to learn from how I pitch while playing together this time.”
However, in response to this interest, Gu Chang-mo drew a line on the 21st (Korean time), saying, “Not only the Korea-Japan match, but all other matches are important.” I’m trying to do it. I feel like I need more practice, so I’m trying to throw it in a practice game with KT on the 23rd.”