“The power was down due to unexpected circumstances.”
KBO said, “On the 5th (Korean time), the WBCI, the WBC organizing committee, informed the KBO that Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh Pirates) could not compete in the WBC. It came,” he said on the 6th. The KBO selected Choi Ji-hoon (SSG Landers) as a replacement player in place of Choi Ji-man, who was not allowed to participate in the national team.
Choi Ji-man played in 15 games in April of last year and showed off his peak hitting feeling with 15 hits, 2 homers, 10 RBIs, a batting average of 0.357 and an OPS of 1.086. However, as he began to feel pain in his elbow in May, his hitting feeling began to drop rapidly, and he never regained his good feeling in April. After the 2022 season, he underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment in his right elbow.
Choi Ji-man attended the ‘2022 Hope Plus Charity Baseball Tournament’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in December of last year and said, “Rehabilitation will take 3-4 months. However, the recovery is definitely good.” I haven’t tried it, but it would be nice if I could compete in the WBC. This time, I really want to play for the national team.”
In the case of the WBC, unlike other international competitions, special stars playing in the major leagues are mobilized. Choi’s experience playing in the major leagues is an unconditional plus for the national team. Choi Ji-man emphasized, “I am always open to joining the national team. Since I am abroad, I have played with many players.
As he hoped, coach Lee Kang-cheol included Choi Ji-man in the 30-man list of the WBC national team. Director Lee Kang-cheol said at the place of announcing the WBC 30-man list, “I had a meeting with Choi Ji-man in December of last year. He conveyed his intention to join the national team.” There may be,” he said.
In the end, Choi Ji-man’s first ‘Taegeuk mark’ in his life was misfired due to an injury. KBO said, “Pittsburgh expressed its intention to oppose WBC participation due to Choi Ji-man’s surgical history to the WBCI.” Accordingly, the WBCI held an injury review committee to deliberate on Choi’s participation in the WBC. According to the WBCI’s final judgment, the committee and coach Lee Kang-cheol selected Choi Ji-hoon for the national team.” 슬롯사이트
Ultimately, as Ji-man Choi failed to join the national team, only two big leaguers from Korea, Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals), participated in this tournament. In response, Japanese media such as ‘Suhots Hochi’, ‘Chunichi Sports’, and ‘Full Count’ also reported on Choi Ji-man’s absence from the WBC national team.
Japan’s ‘Sports Hochi’ said, “Choi Ji-man played in 486 major league games and was expected to become a left-handed hitter with 61 homers, 225 RBIs and a batting average of 0.239, and a mainstay of the Korean national team. However, a hitter with 61 homers in the major leagues has been withdrawn from the WBC national team,” he said. “Korea was considered the biggest rival in the first round, but