Will Na Seong-beom, the genealogy of the nation’s right fielder, continue?
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Na Seong-beom (34), the KIA Tigers’ leading hitter, has not had a deep relationship with the national team. He participated in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2015 Premier 12, but has not been able to participate in international competitions since. His KBO League performance was good. However, competition for right field, his main position, has always been fierce.
The opportunity came after 8 years. Na Seong-beom has been selected for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team to be held in March. He played an active part in 144 league games in the 2022 season, hitting 0.320, 21 homers, and 97 RBIs, and was recognized as the best outfielder in the league by winning the Golden Glove. He is expected to play the starting right fielder for the WBC national team as well.
Na Seong-beom said, “I wanted to be selected for the national team every time (after Premier12 in 2015), but it didn’t happen every time. I was really desperate this time because I had no experience participating in the WBC. The national team training starting on the 14th will be as tense as when I was first selected. It’s the same. Of course, the anticipation is higher,” he smiled.
The right fielder who left the strongest impression on the national team was Lee Jin-young (current coach of SGS Landers). He especially shined in the match against Japan, the ‘nemesis’.
In the first round of the WBC held in 2006, at the end of the 4th inning, when Korea was losing 0-2, with 2 outs and bases loaded, Japan’s Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s hit was dive-caught to prevent the risk of conceding runs. In the second round rematch with Japan, pitcher Park Chan-ho was hit by Tomoya Satozaki at the end of the second inning with two out on second base, but Lee Jin-young caught Akinori Iwamura, who was runner on second base, with an accurate home throw.
In the 7th inning of the 2008 Beijing Olympics semi-final, Lee Jin-young struck a timely tie against Japanese finisher Kyuji Fujikawa. In the second round of the 2009 WBC, against Japanese ace Yu Darvish, he scored two RBI hits in the first inning and played a role as a solver at bat. Lee Jin-young earned the nickname ‘national right fielder’.
Attention is focusing on whether Na Seong-beom will continue the lineage of the ‘national right fielder’. In Japan, defense is as important as offense. Japan, who are among the best in the WBC this year, are currently home to major league (MLB) icon Shohei Ohtani, Masataka Yoshida, who signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox this winter, and Munetaka Murakami, the 2022 home run champion in the Japanese league (56). The key is to block the right batted ball made by them.
Na Seong-beom is a player with a strong shoulder that ties up opponent runners. His batted ball coverage is also quite wide. He also played the most defensive innings (1131 and two-thirds) in the league in the 2022 season.
After the 2020 season, Na Seong-beom knocked on the MLB door through the posting system (private competitive bidding), but suffered in the aftermath of the frozen market in the aftermath of Corona 19. After that, he signed a 4-year contract with KIA and virtually gave up his dream of challenging the big leagues. Because of Na Seong-beom, this WBC where he can face the world’s best players is special.
Na Seong-beom said, “I can’t be sure if I will play (as a starting right fielder), but I will do my best in the given task. I think it will be fun to work with the Korean national team players and play against big leaguers like Ohtani. Korea has good results. I will use my ability to make it,” he said with strength.
Na Seong-beom is currently digesting the 1st spring camp of his team, KIA, in Tucson, Arizona, USA. On the 14th he joined the national team. 온라인카지노
Na Seong-beom (34), the KIA Tigers’ leading hitter, has not had a deep relationship with the national team. He participated in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2015 Premier 12, but has not been able to participate in international competitions since. His KBO League performance was good. However, competition for right field, his main…