Joon Sohn (22, KT) had the Tokyo Olympics as his biggest goal when he started the 2021 season, which was his second year. As soon as he debuted, it seemed like it was not difficult for Joon Sohn, who played an active role as a full-time starter and swallowed the Rookie of the Year title.
It was regrettable, but So Joon So-jun, who accepted it as a bitter lesson, prepared for 2022. His dropout from the national team was a good impetus. Starting the season, Joon Sohn said, “Last season, I think there was a part of me thinking about the Olympics a lot. I will throw my ball this year,” he said.메이저놀이터
Sohn Joon, who is in his third year, is much stronger than he was in his first year of debut. And he wore the Taegeuk mark. He was selected for the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team announced on the 4th and became the national team for the first time since his debut. His performance in the previous season became the selection criterion. In the WBC national team, which many players wanted to go to, So Joon So-jun was selected as one of the reliable pitching resources.
The WBC held in March is the start of the season for players. Since the game starts earlier than usual, preparations for the season should start early. Joon Sohn, who left for Miami, Florida, USA at the end of the year, has already started preparing for the 2023 season, which will be longer than the previous three years. The WBC is the start of this season, but it is also the start of a series of international competitions that will continue throughout the season. The Hangzhou Asian Games are held in September and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) is held in November. Both are age-restricted competitions. Joon Sohn, born in 2001, is the target of selection. Like many young players, one of So-Jun Sohn’s goals is to wear the Taegeuk mark at all international competitions to be held this year.
Joon Sohn said, “If I go to all the international competitions that will be held this year, that in itself will mean that I have successfully spent the year. I also think that I need to set that goal and work harder this season. It will be difficult, but the goal is to participate.”
Joon Sohn, who wants to establish himself as a stable starting pitcher by throwing well for two consecutive years following last year, sees this season, his fourth year, as the most important season that will determine his future baseball life. In many ways, the WBC is an important starting point for Joon Sohn in 2023.
The WBC is a tournament in which several of the best players in the major leagues compete. So Joon Sohn, who has shown his strength on the big stage through three fall baseball games, is not conscious of the fact that he will face off against major leaguers. He just hopes to have a chance to face Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) at bat.
Joon Sohn said, “I thought it would be fun to play against Ohtani, who came out as a batter. Even if I hit a home run or strike out, the opponent is Ohtani, so I think it will be a memory that I can talk about for the rest of my life.”