The preliminary roster 크크크벳for the baseball team to participate in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, which will be held in September, has been confirmed. The Power Reinforcement Committee, which set “players without disqualification” as one of the main selection criteria, excluded Kiwoom An Woo-jin (24) and Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan (24) from the list.
The KBO and the Korea Baseball Softball Association announced on the 28th that they had submitted a preliminary list of 198 players to the Korea Sports Council. There are 180 professional players included in the national team’s preliminary roster, including 147 players (17 newcomers) under the age of 25 or under the age of 4 years and 33 wild card players. 18 amateur players, including 10 pitchers, were on the roster. Among the professional clubs, the clubs that put the most players on the reserve list are Hanwha (19), including Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun, and NC (19), including Song Myeong-ki and Koo Chang-mo.
Earlier, as the Power Reinforcement Committee announced that it would include the player’s ‘reason for disqualification’ along with the season’s performance in the selection criteria, Ahn Woo-jin, who had been suspended for 3 years by the Korea Baseball Softball Association for school violence in high school, was automatically excluded. Bae Ji-hwan, who was sued in Korea for assaulting his girlfriend in 2017 and was suspended for 30 games by the Major League Secretariat in 2019, was also excluded.
The feature of this preliminary list is that the age of the ‘wild card’ players who are not related to the age limit has also been significantly lowered. This is the result of reflecting the public opinion of the generational change raised inside and outside the baseball world after experiencing the bitter taste of being eliminated in the preliminary round at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held earlier this year. KBO said, “The wild card has formed a preliminary entry with players in their late 20s, reflecting generational change and the fact that the league is not suspended.” It was a priority condition,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Korea Baseball Softball Association’s Performance Improvement Committee plans to finalize the final list in June based on the principle of selecting 1 to 3 players per club.