“To win, we have to quickly raise the pace of the players.”
Seol Jong-jin, coach of Kiwoom Heroes’ 2nd team, boarded an airplane in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where the 2023 spring camp was held through Incheon International Airport on the 7th. .
Kiwoom is holding a spring camp in a somewhat unique way this time. Breaking away from the existing method of separating the 1st and 2nd teams, spring camps will be held in Arizona and Taiwan, USA according to the type of training and the direction of the goals set.
In the case of Arizona, USA, spring camp is conducted with an emphasis on improving skills based on basic training, checking the condition of newly joined players prior to the 2023 season, closely checking the training and growth potential of new and younger players, and It is a way to prepare for the regular season by raising the condition to ‘gradual’.
On the other hand, in the case of Taiwan, it is conducted mainly in practice. The players who left for Taiwan on the 7th will have a schedule focusing on practice games, starting with a face-to-face match against Rakuten Monkeys on the 19th. Kiwoom explained, “We organized more than 10 practice games with the Taiwanese professional baseball team to focus on improving the players’ sense of practice and skills.”
Coach Seol Jong-jin, who met with reporters at Incheon International Airport on the 7th, said, “In the Taiwanese camp, you have to build your body early and improve your condition. And the goal is to identify the potential of young players and bring them out.” There is pressure to do it, but I will do my best to prepare.”
A large number of players with relatively rich first-team experience joined the Taiwan camp, including “veteran” Lee Yong-gyu, Song Seong-moon, Choi Won-tae, Jeon Byung-woo, and Kim Woong-bin. However, there will be no major changes in the existing training method. The command tower explained, “It may be dualized, but for now, we will train the same. However, it may change slightly from the practice game.” 메이저놀이터
Since the spring camp focuses on ‘actual combat’, players with a lot of first-team experience are expected to participate frequently during practice matches. Head coach Seol Jong-jin said, “The reason the first-team players joined the Taiwanese camp is to play the game quickly. I’m sorry for the young players, but since we have to focus on the demonstration games, the first-team players are going to play more than rookie players. that,” he added.
Head coach Seol Jong-jin hoped that young players could learn a lot from veteran players. He said, “There is something I want to emphasize to the young players. I wish I could,” he said.
Kiwoom, who finished runner-up in the Korean Series last year, is definitely winning this season. Head coach Seol Jong-jin said, “The pace at the beginning of the season is important. In order to win this year, the players’ pace must be raised quickly. If the pace is good in April and May, there will be room in the second half. I think we can play a good game this year as well.” expressed anticipation.