Now, the adult baseball team will be dominated by the ‘Beijing Kids’. A stage was created to feel the weight of the Taegeuk mark in advance and perform rehearsals.

In a press release on the 16th, KBO said, “In November next year, the Asia Professional Baseball Championship (hereinafter referred to as the Asian Professional Baseball Championship), a tournament consisting of young generations under the age of 24 from four Asian countries, including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia, will participate to determine the strongest team in Asian professional baseball. APBC) to participate in 2023′.

APBC held its first competition in 2017. In Korea, the future players of Korean baseball, such as Kim Ha-seong (San Diego), Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), Koo Chang-mo, Park Min-woo (NC), Koo Ja-wook (Samsung), and Park Se-woong (Lotte), have felt the weight of the national competition. At that time, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan participated, and Korea took second place, losing only to Japan.

All of them, who were called the future of Korean baseball, became an opportunity to grow a bit more by wearing the Taegeuk mark at the APBC tournament and experiencing the international stage. 

Korea, Japan, and Taiwan all agreed that an international stage was needed for young players, and this was the purpose of the APBC tournament. It was originally planned as a four-year cycle event, but the 2021 event was canceled due to COVID-19. However, at the time of the Corona 19 situation, the professional league commissioners in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan came together to revive the tournament. This time, even Australia participated, and the assortment of the competition was matched. 

However, it raised concerns that the 2023 baseball national competition would become too many. In the spring of 2023, the WBC (World Baseball Classic), led by the Major League Secretariat, is scheduled. At the end of September, the Hangzhou Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held last year but were postponed for a year, will also be held again. In November, the WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation)’s Premier 12 was planned to be held. Up to the APBC competition here. It seemed that the times overlapped.

However, the Premier 12 is in an atmosphere of going beyond the water in 2023. There is no Premier 12 in the 2023 annual competition plan on the WBSC website. KBO also said, “The WBSC side is in the mood not to hold the 2023 tournament. I understand that there is a plan to hold it in 2024,” he said. “That is why the APBC competition was held again.” 

From the standpoint of Korean baseball, which needs a generational change, it is good to see that there is at least one more international tournament where young players can take the lead. Clubs may not be happy, but it is better to have at least one more opportunity to compete in national competitions for the international competitiveness of Korean baseball.  토토

The APBC tournament, which will be held next year, will be attended by players under the age of 24 (those born on or after January 1, 1999) and those who have been in the professional league for three years or less. It is time for the ‘Beijing Kids’ who grew up watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics to come to the fore. The Hangzhou Asian Games are also scheduled to form a national team with players under the age of 24, and by linking the Asian Games and APBC competitions, they have the capacity to lead the generational change in a long breath. 

If you look at the expected roster for the national team, all of them are key players in the team. Pitching staff: Kim Yun-sik, Jung Woo-young, Lee Min-ho (LG), Lee Eui-ri, Jung Hae-young (KIA), Gwak Bin, Jung Cheol-won (Doosan), So Joon So, Park Young-hyeon (KT), Song Myung-ki (NC), Choi Jun-yong (Lotte), Won Tae-in (Samsung) and Oh Won-seok (SSG), etc., are 24 years old or younger. 

Beast Jin is also solid. Kim Ji-chan, Kim Hyeon-joon (Samsung), Jung Eun-won, Noh Si-hwan (Hanhwa), Han Dong-hee, Ko Seung-min (Lotte), Moon Bo-kyung (LG), Jeon Eui-san (SSG), and Ahn Jae-seok (Doosan) are key players who can be included in the national team. There are no obvious players in the catcher line, but Kim Hyeong-jun (NC), Son Seong-bin (Lotte), and Heo Gwan-hoe (Hanwha) can be included to match the assortment.

If the national team, in which these players play a key role, gain experience and prove their competitiveness on the international stage, they can become the mainstay of the national team that will lead Korean baseball for the next 10 years as well as the Premier 12 tournament to be held in 2024.