Hardening toward Fall Baseball ‘Startup’…The direction of the spring camp revealed by the coaches themselves

Ten professional baseball teams are preparing for the 2024 season. Nine other teams including the defending champion LG Twins will go to spring camps in the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Guam, while KT Wiz will hold its first camp in Gijang, Busan, before moving to Okinawa, Japan for a practice game. Kia Tigers and Hanwha Eagles set up camp in Arizona, the U.S., last year, but moved to Australia this year. “The weather in Arizona was so bad last year, and we made the decision considering the time difference and exchange rate,” said Shim Jae-hak, Kia’s general manager.헤라카지노주소

The Hankyoreh has directly heard the theme of the 2024 spring camp from the team’s coaches. Kia’s manager Kim Jong-kook will be excluded as he has been suspended from his job since Friday after he was found to be under investigation by the authorities over allegations of bribery. Kia’s head coach Jin Gap-yong will lead the spring camp instead of Kim. This season’s KBO League will open on March 23.

■ LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “Lee Jung-yong is joining the military and Ham Deok-ju is injured. Ko Woo-seok also went to the Major League, so he is most worried about the bullpen. Park Myung-geun, Yoo Young-chan, and Baek Seung-hyun showed good performance last year, but they cannot guarantee continuity. We need to find two to three more bullpen members. Detrick N.S. who was newly brought in should serve as the first starter, but he has to create a crystal structure for N.S. This year should be a season when each player grows to the next level.”

■ “Since I am training in Korea, I will focus on building my physical shape without any injuries until I move to Okinawa. I am okay with fielders, but the problem is pitchers. I need to build my body to be able to throw balls, but I am worried about the weather.” (For reference, Gijang does not have an indoor training site. It will be built only at the end of this year.) We need to see the second baseman, fifth baseman, and closing positions where Kim Jae-yoon has left. “If Park Kyung-soo becomes an attack, there will be no worries about second base… We have Park Young-hyun as the closing pitcher, but we will have to wait and see.”

■ NC manager Kang In-kwon said, “We will reorganize the starting lineup in Korea. Only Shin Min-hyuk has been decided yet. Song seems to show his performance when throwing shorter innings than longer innings, so he is considering switching to a bullpen session. Kim Si-hoon, Kim Young-kyu, Choi Sung-young, Lee Jae-hak, Lee Yong-joon and Kim Jae-yeol are among the candidates for the starting lineup. Two foreign pitchers (Kyle Hart and Daniel Castino) are both left-handers, so we should consider rotation as well. The fielders are not much changed from last year, but they are also trying to nurture younger players.”

■ “Choi Joo-hwan went to Kiwoom through the second draft, leaving a gap between second and first bases at the same time. If the team is to continue to be a strong team, it needs to be strong at second base, and I’m thinking of hiring a young player. Perhaps the first and second bases will be a venue for generational change this year. I’m also worried about bullpen sessions, but Ko Hyo-joon and Noh Kyung-eun threw a lot last year. Young players must come up. Only two foreign pitchers and three Kim Kwang-hyun are to be selected. No rookie players are to be brought to the first camp.”

■ Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Since last year’s batting was a problem, we should increase the overall batting figures first. Coach Kim Han-soo, who was formerly senior coach, has a good opinion on coaching, so I think he will get better. Since the pitching staff had too much pressure last year, he will have to manage the team according to the opening game. There are plenty of starters, including Kwak Bin, Choi Seung-yong, Choi Won-joon, Kim Dong-ju and Lee Young-ha, but no clear finish has been made. We will decide through the camp.”

■ Lotte manager Kim Tae-hyung said, “The biggest concern at the moment is that there is no batter to give pressure to the opposing team. Other than catcher Yoo Kang-nam, there is no clear position for me or the outfield yet. Na Seung-yeop, who has been discharged from Sangmu, will compete with Chung Hoon and Choi Hang at first base. Candidates for second base include Choi Hang, Oh Sun-jin and Park Seung-wook. Han Dong-hee can join the military from May to June, so we need to prepare for this. Noh Jin-hyuk practices shortstop and third baseman. On the pitcher’s side, we need to decide on the fifth starter. Lee In-bok and others are the candidates.”

■ Samsung manager Park Jin-man said, “As the bullpen, which was the biggest issue last year, has been strengthened during the Stove League, we need to make starters to back up Won Tae-in and Baek Jung-hyun in this camp. Left-hander Lee Seung-hyun, Choi Chae-heung and Lee Ho-seong are among the candidates. Fielders need to be prepared as infielder Lee Jae-hyun who underwent shoulder surgery will not return until May. We will give third base to David McKinnon, who we newly recruited during the camp. Ryu will have to look after second baseman and shortstop.”

■ “I will continue multi-position practice at the camp, which I have practiced since the closing camp. I will have Jonathan Peraza play in all outfield positions and consult with my coaches. If Peraza does not become a center fielder, he should consider Lee Jin-young and others. Moon Hyun-bin practices second baseman and corner outfielder, Jeong Eun-won practices second baseman and center fielder, and Kim Tae-yeon practices second baseman and right fielder. Ha Joo-seok and Lee Do-yoon will compete for shortstop. The fourth to fifth starters are Kim Min-woo, Hwang Jun-seo, Lee Tae-yang, and Kim Ki-jung

■ Kiwoom manager Hong Won-ki said, “We need to set up the starting lineup as the top priority. Jang Jae-young is the only starter besides foreign pitchers (Ariel Furado and Enmanuel de Heissus), but we still have doubt about him. There are only 12 candidates in the lineup. We will decide the starting lineup before the exhibition game while going to Taiwan for a practice game. On the fielder’s side, only Kim Hye-sung, Ronnie Dawson and Lee Ju-hyeong are close to each other. Although Debs is much weaker than other teams, individual interviews have shown more hope.”

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