San Diego Padres infielder Kim Ha-seong (28) is unlikely to be able to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean national team spring camp.
Ha-seong Kim’s team, the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) San Diego club, confirmed the mandatory 메이저놀이터 call-up date for the team’s spring camp depending on whether or not to participate in the WBC and their position, and delivered it to the players.
The Athletic, an American online sports media, said on the 22nd (local time), “The San Diego Beasts participating in the WBC must join the team spring camp held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, USA by February 16.” After training, he will be selected for the national team.”
The WBC national team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, will return to Korea after training at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona from February 14 to 27, and then depart for Japan on March 5.
Kim Ha-seong is expected to join the practice game schedule in Japan.
The Korean national team will play practice matches against Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers in Osaka, Japan from March 6th, and then play against Australia in the first round of the WBC finals, which will be held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on March 9th.
There is not much time for Kim Ha-seong to work in tandem with his national teammates.
But he can’t help it. MLB players should prioritize team policy over team policy.
In the WBC hosted by the MLB Secretariat, active MLB players can freely participate unless there are special cases such as injuries, but participation in training for the national team is not compulsory. You must digest the schedule according to the decision of your team.
It is known that San Diego set a relatively strict policy on participation in club training for its players participating in the WBC.
This is because of the idea that players need to adapt and train as many new regulations are applied in the 2023 season.
MLB has many rules that change, such as a defensive shift ban for the 2023 season and a pitching time limit.
The Athletic said, “San Diego has a lot of players participating in the WBC, so there is not enough time to train together.”
In addition to Kim Ha-seong, San Diego’s infielder Manny Machado, outfielder Juan Soto, outfielder Nelson Cruz, right-hander bullpen Luis Garcia (Dominican Republic), infielder Sander Bohartz (Netherlands), right-hander Darvish Yu (Japan), right-hander Nabil Chrismat ( Colombia) and many other WBC players.
Right-hander Nick Martinez (USA) and right-hander Seth Lugo (Puerto Rico) are also likely to play for the WBC.
They follow the WBC schedule from the beginning of March until at least March 14, and depending on their performance, they may be active as a national team until March 22.
“It’s okay for our players to play in the WBC,” said San Diego coach Bob Melvin.
Meanwhile, other MLB teams are expected to set similar policies for WBC players to participate in spring camp.
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Choi Ji-man, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Tommy Hyeon-su Edmon’s joining Kang-cheol Lee is also likely to be delayed to early March.