Yang Hyeon-jong, who did not say anything about Choo Shin-soo’s controversy, “National team, just being selected is an honor”
Recently, Yang Hyeon-jong (35) has been frequently summoned by baseball fans and media. This is because Shin-soo Choo (SSG Landers), who hit the Lunar New Year holiday, was mentioned along with Gwang-Hyun Kim, who is the same age as him. 스포츠토토
Choo Shin-soo complained bitterly about the selection of the national team for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March. Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes), who has a history of school violence, was outraged by his remarks to the effect that he needed to be selected, and the list of pitching staff decided by the technical committee of the national team after careful consideration was replaced by a generational change with the words, “How long are Yang Hyeon-jong and Kim Gwang-hyun?” claimed The phrase “It seems that forgiveness is not easy in Korea” was considered to be a failure to understand the public sentiment, and the emphasis on selecting young players also raised issues with timing and messenger.
When asked about Choo Shin-soo’s remarks ahead of his departure from Arizona (Tucson) on the 27th, WBC coach Lee Kang-cheol wrapped it up by saying, “It’s a personal opinion, and each player has his or her own thoughts.” An Woo-jin also said, “I’m sorry that I caused an uncomfortable situation.”
Yang Hyeon-jong, who departed for his team’s spring camp (Tusan) through Incheon International Airport on the 30th, also conveyed his opinion on the generational change in an interview after going through the departure procedure.
Yang Hyeon-jong said, “I’m trying not to think too much about that. It’s an important time now. I’m careful about what I say here. In many ways, I will spare my words.” Still, “It’s an honor to be selected for the national team. Of course, I have a responsibility to do my best. I will have to work harder.
Yang Hyeon-jong said, “It would be a lie if I said there was no pressure, but the responsibility is greater. Now I am the best in the national team. Previously, I thought, ‘I just have to follow the seniors.’ I have to show you,” he said, raising his voice.
Coach Lee Kang-cheol entrusted Yang Hyeon-jong as the head of the national pitching team. Yang Hyeon-jong is a player who can serve as a role model for young pitchers such as Lee Eui-ri, a junior in the KIA team, as well as So Joon So-jun (KT Wiz) and Kim Yun-sik (LG Twins).
Yang Hyeon-jong said, “Coach Kang-cheol Lee also asked me to tell young players a lot of good things. I was the oldest among the pitchers, so he entrusted me with a heavy responsibility. A lot of young pitchers were selected. After joining the national team, the players worked well together. I will do it,” he said.