‘Vacant’ baseball team head coach appointed next week KBO holds power strengthening committee

The Korean baseball team is taking a commemorative photo with the Korean flag on the mound after winning the gold medal by defeating Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games baseball final held at Stadium 1 of Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center in China on the 7th.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) will hold a power strengthening committee meeting next week and appoint a new full-time manager to lead the national baseball team.

The KBO announced on the 15th, “We will hold a power strengthening committee next week to go through the process of selecting a full-time manager for the baseball team.” 메이저사이트

Since the term begins in March, the appointment process is also speeding up.

When the Strengthening Committee recommends a candidate for the national team coach, President Heo Heo-yeon makes the final decision. KBO plans to complete the appointment process within next week.

The KBO abolished the full-time manager system for the baseball team after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and has been selecting managers for each international competition. Coach Lee Kang-cheol led the national team at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), and coach Ryu Joong-il led the national team at the 2023 Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC).

The 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games were held under coach Ryu Joong-il, who was selected through open recruitment by the Korea Baseball Softball Association.

This time, a former national team coach will be appointed again.

After suffering the disaster of being eliminated in the first round at the 2023 WBC, the KBO announced the ‘KBO League/Team Korea Level Up Project’ and decided to restore the national team full-time manager system.

However, the KBO is considering the contract period for the new full-time manager.

Considering ‘continuity’, the KBO initially drew a picture where the new full-time manager would lead the national team for about two years in various evaluation matches, the 2024 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12, and the 2026 WBC.

However, since there are no international competitions next year and there are no special schedules other than the evaluation games being promoted, there are opinions within the KBO that the former manager’s contract period should be set to one year. Instead, the direction is to extend the contract after seeing the performance of the Premier 12.

The KBO explained, “The Strength Enhancement Committee will also discuss the contract period while working on selecting the national team coach.”

The new head coach will make his debut in a practice game against a Major League Baseball (MLB) team to be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul next month. The national team will face the San Diego Padres on March 17th at 7pm and the LA Dodgers on the 18th at 12pm.

The manager must also draw up a final national team roster that will compete against major leaguers such as Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts (Dodgers), Ha-seong Kim, Woo-seok Ko, and Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego). Previously, KBO announced a reserve list of 35 players, including Moon Dong-ju, Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha), and Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom).

In the baseball world, coach Ryu Joong-il, who led the team to victory in the Hangzhou Asian Games and runner-up finish in the APBC last year, is being discussed as a strong candidate for the national team command post. 토토사이트 추천

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