‘Controversy over Shin-soo Choo’s remarks’ Coach Jae-ya’s bitter comments… “I have to apologize. Ignoring the national coaching staff and the technical committee”

Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers) strongly criticized the composition of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) team. In response, Mr. A, who served as a professional baseball coach, pointed out, “This is a disregard for the KBO as well as the coaching staff and technical committee that formed the final roster through the normal player selection process. It is necessary to apologize for this incident.” 

On the 21st (Korean time), Choo Shin-soo appeared on ‘DKNET’, a Korean radio broadcast in Dallas, Texas, USA, and expressed his thoughts on the composition of the Korean baseball team without hesitation. 

He said, “In the case of Japan, there are so many new faces in international competitions. If you were like me, you would have seen the future. If you had seen the future rather than the current results, it is true that many players would not go. There should have been more new players to be selected.” He continued, “How long will Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG) 토토사이트 and Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) come out. In Japan, there are articles saying that there is another Kim Gwang-hyun. As I have experienced, there are an enormous number of talented players (in the KBO league). Why can’t those players be? “he added. 

Choo Shin-soo also pointed out, “When you participate in international competitions at a young age, the feelings and mindset you feel change tremendously. These players have things to do in Korean baseball in the future.” 

Regarding the non-selection of An Woo-jin (Kiwoom) for the national team, he said, “Ahn Woo-jin clearly did the wrong thing and it’s really unfortunate to see only what is seen and heard as a third person. “I don’t think it’s easy to forgive. I made a mistake when I was young, but I was punished and suspended from participation. But I can’t go to international competitions,” he said, showing a reaction that he couldn’t understand. 

He did not hesitate to speak bitterly toward his baseball seniors. Choo Shin-soo said, “There is something I want to say to many seniors. Just because they are old doesn’t make them seniors. If there are juniors who are being treated unreasonably like this, I think they should step out. But no one steps forward. I have to do it, but I just watch it. It’s a shame,” he said. 

Former coach A said in an interview with OSEN on the 24th, “Choo Shin-soo expressed his opinion that the visiting team’s amenities at Jamsil Stadium should be improved, and then the renovation work was completed, showing a good influence on the development of the baseball world. However, this issue is different. There are too many regrettable parts,” he said. 

The composition of the national team is finalized after long discussions between the coaching staff and the technical committee. Opinions for and against whether to select An Woo-jin were exchanged, but in the end it was decided not to select him. After announcing the final entry for the WBC team on the 4th, Technical Committee Chairman Cho Bum-hyun said, “The criteria for selecting players were 30 finalists after considering various factors such as skills, symbolic meaning of the national team representing the country, responsibility, and pride.” .

Former coach A said, “The coaching staff and the technical committee must have repeatedly debated whether to select Ahn Woo-jin for the national team, and in the end he was not selected. The coaching staff and technical committee formed the final list through a normal player selection process Afterwards, you can take responsibility for your performance,” he said. “However, I don’t think I have the right to point out that Choo Shin-soo was wrong about the player composition. 

In addition, “It is not that Shin-soo Choo expressed his opinion in the way of ‘what I would like to do’ before the selection of the national team. I think I did it. I need to apologize for this incident.”

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