Lee Kang-cheol (57), head coach of the Korean national baseball team, reacted calmly to Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG)’s recently controversial comments.
Coach Lee, who leads the Korean baseball team and kt, departed for the United States via Incheon International Airport on the 27th. He headed to the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona to conceive of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) team to be held in March along with his team kt’s preparations for the new season.
In an interview with reporters before departure, director Lee was asked about Shin-soo Choo’s beliefs, which recently drew attention. 안전놀이터
Choo Shin-soo recently appeared on a Korean radio broadcast in Dallas, Texas, USA, and expressed regret over the dropout of Ahn Woo-jin (24, Kiwoom) from the WBC national team.
It was a tricky question. An Woo-jin played a brilliant role last season and was reborn as a native ace, but he was involved in school violence in the past and could not get on the WBC national team.
Cho Beom-hyeon, chairman of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) Technical Committee, explained the background of Ahn Woo-jin’s elimination, saying, “The criteria for selecting players were based on skills, responsibility, and pride as a national representative” when the final roster was announced on the 4th.
However, Choo Shin-soo said, “I obviously did something wrong, but it seems that it is not easy for Korea to forgive me.” I was sorry.
He then raised his voice, saying, “I am a player who has the talent to go abroad and become a good pitcher next to Park Chan-ho,” and “I am playing baseball in Korea, but there are so many things I don’t understand.”
The backlash against the remarks was strong. Most of the baseball fans did not agree with Choo Shin-soo’s opinion, and criticized that he was advocating school violence.
Director Lee did not give a specific answer to this. He said, “This is a personal opinion. Each person may have a different opinion,” he said. “I think he said it for the development of baseball.” Then, he expressed his intention that he did not want the controversy to grow further, saying, “I don’t think it’s a story I’m going to talk about here because it’s my personal opinion.”