Reporter Kim Hee-joon = The clock of Yang Eui-ji (36), who dreams of restoring the honor of Korean baseball at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March and rebounding the team rankings at the returning Doosan Bears, is running fast.
Yang Eui-ji greeted 2023 with a sense of responsibility. He has to play an important role in his national team and his team, Doosan.
Korean baseball, which has recently performed poorly in international competitions, seeks to restore its honor at the 2023 WBC.
Korean baseball, which created a semifinal legend in the first WBC in 2006, won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a 9-game victory. In the 2009 WBC, he unfortunately lost to Japan in the final, but he enjoyed the heyday of the runner-up.
However, he lost face in recent international competitions.
Korea went through the humiliation of being eliminated in the first round in both the 3rd WBC in 2013 and the 4th WBC in 2017. In particular, in the 2017 tournament, baseball fans were greatly disappointed as they were caught in the ambush by the Netherlands and Israel, which were considered under one step.
Although he finished runner-up at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2019, he had to realize the difference in power with Japan in the final.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021, it was only a ‘no medal’. At the time, Korea was ranked 4th out of 6 countries.
As Korean baseball pledges to restore honor in the WBC this year, Eui-Ji Yang and Ji-Young Lee (Kiwoom Heroes) have been named catchers of the WBC national team.
The role of Yang Eui-ji, who will play as the starting catcher, is very important. There are many young players who do not have much experience in the national team’s pitching staff, so Yang Eui-ji’s responsibility to lead them is even greater.
Yang Eui-ji, who was a regular customer of the national team, is a member who experienced pain together at the WBC in 2017, the Premier 12 in 2019, and the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, so she is determined to help restore her honor.
Yang Eui-ji said at the Doosan joining ceremony held at Jamsil Stadium on the 11th, “I didn’t get good results in the national team either. I am grateful to coach Lee Kang-cheol for choosing me again.” revealed
The responsibility to lead the rebound in the rankings of his team, Doosan, is also great.
Yang Eui-ji, who became a free agent (FA) after the 2022 season, signed a large contract for 4+2 years with a total of 15.2 billion won in November of last year and returned to his home team Doosan.
Doosan built a dynasty in the mid-to-late 2010s. From 2015 to 2021, he advanced to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years, and in 2015, 2016, and 2019, he stood at the top of the Korean Series.
However, in the 2022 season, it fell to 9th place after tossing and turning in the lower ranks. 안전놀이터
Doosan, who received a disastrous report card, parted ways with former manager Kim Tae-hyung after the 2022 season, and appointed Lee Seung-yeop, a’national batter’, as the new command tower.
Doosan, who felt the vacancy of Yang Eui-ji, generously opened his wallet. Yang Eui-ji, who was a key member of the dynasty, was brought back with a huge amount of money.
The appointment of manager Lee Seung-yeop and the recruitment of Yang Eui-ji are tantamount to revealing Doosan’s strong will to rebound in the 2023 season.
Yang Eui-ji is determined to lead the rebound in his parent team, which returned after 4 years.
He diagnosed, “When I met Doosan as the opposing team, my confidence seemed to drop. Nevertheless, he did not hold back his expectations, saying, “Doosan is a team that can rebound at any time.”
He added, “(Kim) Jae-hwan, (Huh) Kyung-min, (Kim) Jae-ho, and (Jang) Won-joon will work together to make Doosan a strong team.” I have the same thoughts as the coach. I aim to win every year. I haven’t played fall baseball in NC for the last two years, but I will try to go up a lot in the Korean series while playing for Doosan.”
Yang Eui-ji is having a busy winter preparing for a year with more responsibility than ever.
He emphasized, “I started technical training early for the WBC.
Yang Eui-ji, who said coach Lee Kang-cheol emphasized defense, said, “I will focus on defense for now. I will try not to feel the burden as much as possible in attack.”
Ten clubs will start spring camp on the 1st of next month, but Yang Eui-ji plans to go to Australia, the site of Doosan’s spring camp, to warm up. He has to move while moving his team, but he is about to focus on training leaving everything to his wife.
Yang Eui-ji explained, “I plan to move to Australia on the 19th and start training early. His wife has to move alone, but I believe she will do well. I am just grateful.”