Gold Glove infielder Tommy Edman (28. St. Louis Cardinals), who will join the Korean national team in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), expressed his excitement at the match against Japan. 

Edman appeared on the ‘MLB Network’ on the 21st (Korean time) and talked about participating in the WBC Korean national team in March. Edmund was included in the final 30 entries for the WBC Korean national team announced by coach Lee Kang-cheol on the 4th. 

In the WBC, it is possible to freely select the participating country according to the nationality of the athlete as well as the country of parents or place of birth. 메이저놀이터 Born to an American father and a Korean mother, Edmund was the first Korean-American to wear the Taegeuk mark. Switch hitter Edman, who received the Gold Glove in the National League second baseman category in 2021, forms a keystone combination with Kim Ha-seong (San Diego) as a top-notch infielder with all three strikes. 

Edmund said, “I am the first player to play for the Korean national team as a player not born in Korea. He expressed his anticipation for the Korea-Japan match, saying, “I am excited to be part of the Korea-Japan match as a member of the Korean national team.” Destiny’s rivals, Korea and Japan, were evenly matched with 4 wins and 4 losses in a total of 8 matches in the 1st and 2nd WBC. 

Edman said, “I kept getting questions about the rivalry between Korea and Japan. Since the beginning of the WBC, there has always been competition between the two countries, and I really look forward to being a part of it this time.”