“I’m sharpening my knife”… Will the 15.2 billion catcher become a ‘international player’ if he wears the Taegeuk mark?

 Eui-ji Yang (36, Doosan), the national team’s main catcher, is sharpening his sword to shake off the nightmare of the Taegeuk mark at the WBC (World Baseball Classic) in March. 

Yang Eui-ji is evaluated as the most successful player among active KBO leaguers. 2006 Doosan 8th Round 59 Despite the nomination, through constant efforts, he jumped up as the national team’s main catcher and seized both wealth and honor. Yang Eui-ji earned up to 27.7 billion won (12.5 billion won + 15.2 billion won) with two great free agent contracts, and in the meantime, experienced three championships (2015, 2016, 2020). 

There is a land that Yang Eui-ji has yet to conquer, and that is the international competition. Starting with the Premier 12 in 2015, Yang Eui-ji has consistently been on the national team until the WBC in 2017, the Asian Games in 2018, the Premier 12 in 2019, and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. And on the 2023 WBC national team list announced earlier this month, he was also named along with Lee Ji-young (Kiwoom) and received the honor of the 6th Taegeuk mark. 온라인바카라

However, Eui-ji Yang’s overall performance in international competitions remains at a batting average of 10.69 li (14 hits in 83 at-bats) and 1 home run. The Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 also took on a major role as a catcher, but he was silent with a batting average of 103 and 6 (3 hits in 22 at-bats) and was unable to win a medal. Unlike the KBO league’s career batting average of 307 li, wearing the Taegeuk mark made the bat dull, and he had to keep his head down at every international tournament.

Yang Eui-ji is preparing for the WBC two months later, shouting for self-confidence. Aiming to restore his honor, he said, “For the WBC, I started training faster than before. He is sharpening his sword trying to play a good game. He will not be a nuisance to the national team.”

The national team mound has recently undergone a generational change, and many young pitchers have been named. Of course, Kim Kwang-hyeon (SSG) and Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) were also called by Lee Kang-cheol, but Ko Woo-seok, Jung Woo-young (above LG), Koo Chang-mo (NC), Won Tae-in (Samsung), So Joon So (KT), Lee Eui-ri (KIA), Kwak Bin, Pitchers in their early and mid-20s, such as Jeong Cheol-won (above Doosan), form the main axis.

Yang Eui-ji said, “In the case of young friends, if I just support them from the side so that I can do well, I think they will produce good results.” Jeong Cheol-won did not match his breath, but he is full of confidence after receiving the Rookie of the Year award. If it goes like that, I think I’ll get good grades even if I don’t have to do this or that.”

The first and second goal of Yang Eui-ji is to restore honor. At the WBC in March, I want to clear the stigma of being a domestic player and prove the value of 27.7 billion won. He said, “I am grateful to coach Lee Kang-cheol for re-selecting me even though I have not performed well in the national team,” and pledged to rebound, saying, “I will prepare well this time to restore my honor.”

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