Park Byeong-ho (37, KT) will also serve as a “savior” for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) baseball team.
On the 6th, the WBC national team excluded major leaguer Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh) from the final entry, who did not receive the consent of the club to participate in the tournament on the 6th. As a substitute, he chose outfielder Choi Ji-hoon (SSG). Choi Ji-hoon, who is a hard hitter and first baseman, and Choi Ji-hoon, who is a completely different type, was reinforced in the final entry as a major runner and defense resource, not as a main player. Because Park Byeong-ho is there.
The first basemen selected by the national team were Park Byeong-ho, Choi Ji-man, and Kang Baek-ho (KT). The idea was to place Choi Ji-man as the starting first baseman and Park Byeong-ho as the designated hitter while sharing the backup first baseman with Kang Baek-ho depending on the game. Park Byung-ho’s defense is very stable, but this is because he has just finished rehabilitation after injuring his ankle at the end of last season.
However, with Choi Ji-man unable to play, Park Byeong-ho eventually became the starting first baseman. It is expected that Kang Baek-ho will be the first base backup and outfielder Kim Hyeon-soo will defend the first base when needed.
Park Byeong-ho’s 먹튀검증presence had a decisive influence in the process of deciding on Choi Ji-man’s replacement. Technical Committee Chairman Beom-Hyeon Cho said, “At first, we discussed reinforcing with the same first baseman. It was because of Park Byeong-ho’s ankle. So director Lee Kang-chul personally confirmed it. He was confirmed by his trainer that he had no problem playing first base defense in the tournament. Since Byeong-ho Park is there, Baek-ho Kang and Hyun-soo Kim can be backups, so we decided that there was no need to reinforce the first baseman for defense, so we selected players in other positions.” Park Byung-ho said, “His ankle was in almost perfect condition” at the time he was heading to the US camp.
Park Byeong-ho, who holds the KBO league record for most home runs, regained the home run title when he transferred to KT last season and completely revived it. There is no other hitter in the national team with more long-running power than Park Byung-ho. With Choi Ji-man absent, Park Byeong-ho will be responsible for the national team’s long hits. It seems that Park Byeong-ho will also be the fourth hitter.
Park Byeong-ho, the best first baseman in the KBO league, became a free agent last year and decided to take on the designated hitter while transferring to KT, trying to support KT’s existing first baseman Kang Baek-ho.
However, as Kang Baek-ho was injured before the opening and had a long absence, Park Byeong-ho played full-time as the first baseman from the opening and led KT to fall baseball, winning home run king and first baseman Golden Glove in three years. Regarding Park Byeong-ho, who actually saved KT last season, coach Lee Kang-cheol emphasized his presence and contribution throughout the season, saying, “I am dizzy what would have happened if Park Byung-ho had not been recruited.”
This WBC is a tournament where Park Byung-ho is determined to be the last opportunity to represent the country after wearing the Taegeuk mark again after four years. Director Lee Kang-chul took the baton. Coincidentally, unlike the plan, the first baseman and center hitter concept went wrong. Fortunately, Park Byeong-ho is there again.