Kiwoom Heroes included a large number of first-team players in the Taiwanese camp.
On the 29th, Kiwoom’s 40 players and coaching staff participating in the Arizona spring camp will depart through Incheon International Airport. Taiwan’s Kaohsiung camp team is scheduled to depart on February 7th.
The players participating in the Arizona camp consisted of key players from the first team and rookie players. Star players representing the KBO League, such as Lee Jung-hoo, Ahn Woo-jin, and Kim Hye-seong, and new players such as Kim Gun-hee (1st round), Kim Dong-heon (2nd round), and Song Jae-seon (5th round) will prepare for the 2023 season in the United States. 스포츠토토
However, many familiar players were also included in the Taiwan camp roster. Players who were active in the first team last season, including Lee Yong-gyu, the most senior member of the team, Choi Won-tae, Song Seong-moon, Kim Woong-bin, Lee Young-jun, Yoon Jung-hyun, Jeon Byung-woo, Kim Jun-wan, and Park Chan-hyuk, prepare for the season in Taiwan. The size of the team is also larger in the Taiwan camp (32 players) than the US camp (30 players).
Director Ko Hyeong-wook said, “For this spring camp, the camp list was made based on training and actual combat, not the concept of the 1st and 2nd teams. Players going to Arizona practice. The Taiwanese camp held about 10 practice games with Taiwanese professional baseball teams. In Taiwan, we plan to hold a camp focusing on actual combat.”
A number of first-team players went to the Taiwanese camp, but they were not excluded from the 2023 season plan. Rather, they are looking forward to quickly picking up the pace and playing the season well. General manager Ko Hyeong-wook said, “Take Song Seong-moon as an example, the pace was very slow at the beginning of last season. As a result, the overall performance of the season was ruined. I am hoping to pick up the pace quickly this time. Of course, it is true that many important players are in the United States, but we have distinguished between players who need experience and will be able to compete quickly, and those who need more practice. That’s what the rookie players went to the Arizona camp for,” he said.
Last year, when spring camp was held in Korea due to Corona 19, movement between the 1st and 2nd military camps was relatively free. However, it is expected that there will be no movement between the camps for this spring camp due to the considerable physical distance between the US and Taiwan. Director Ko Hyeong-wook said, “If the campsite is changed, it takes three to four days just to move and adjust to the jet lag. I think it will be difficult to move players between camps this time.”
Kiwoom, who recruited Won Jong-hyeon, Lee Hyeong-jong, and Lim Chang-min throughout the winter and strengthened their strength, is determined to challenge for the first championship this season. All Kiwoom players in the US and Taiwan will prepare for the season while sweating.