In AD 660, Baekje fell to Silla. Then, in 668, after eight years of preparation to invade the old Baekje land, Japan invaded the Byeonsan Peninsula (Sangseo-myeon, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do) with an incredible 30,000 troops.
The Japanese regarded the people of Baekje as their ancestors, so when Baekje fell, they raised an army to find their homeland. However, the unified Silla and Tang dynasties, which had obtained invasion information in advance, deployed tens of thousands of allied troops to the Byeonsan Peninsula in advance, and almost destroyed 30,000 Japanese troops.
Japan, who regarded this as a national disgrace, sharpened the blade of revenge. After 924 years of fighting, he caused the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 and the Japanese invasion of Jeongyu (1592-1598), but failed to subjugate Joseon and the Ming Dynasty. However, in 1939, the Greater East Asia War and World War II engulfed Korea and China. It’s really scary ‘revenge DNA’.
In this WBC (World Baseball Classic), the blade of revenge was terrifying. Japan showed off its might as a baseball powerhouse by lifting the championship trophy at the first 2006 and 2009 WBC.
However, when they stayed in 3rd place in the 2013 competition, they defined it as a ‘painful failure’ and embarked on a major generation change and change. As a result, the mighty Samurai Japan (nickname for the Japanese baseball team) was created in line with the unique characteristics of Japanese baseball, which emphasizes a solid base and basic skills.
After failing to win three consecutive championships in 2013, Japan began to strengthen its national team. The Japan Baseball Organization (NPB) later created an organization called the ‘Japan Representative Marketing Committee’ and began systematically managing the national team by age group with the Japan Baseball Association. It was also named ‘Samurai Japan’ to imprint on fans.
Furthermore, a dedicated coach was appointed, and after the Japanese professional baseball season, the national team was convened and trained together, and had evaluation matches with professional teams as well as national teams such as Mexico, Taiwan, and France. Taking the failure 10 years ago as a mirror, he stood tall again in the world with thorough preparation.
Japan showed its confidence in the generational change by building the youngest national team (27.3 years old) in the history of the tournament. Players in their prime, in their 20s and just 30 years old, took center stage and showed off the best in the world. In particular, changes on the mound were noticeable. Shota Imanaga (30), who started as the starting pitcher for the final, played an active role throughout the tournament, going back and forth between the starting pitcher and the bullpen. Shohei Ohtani (29) of “Dual Sword” won the championship by striking out Mike Trout (32), the best hitter in ML, after two deaths in the top of the ninth inning of the final match.
Young pitchers such as Roki Sasaki (22) and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25) also strengthened the mound with powerful pitches that exceeded 160 km/h. Japan won 7 matches and showed ‘salty water pitching’ that allowed the least points per game (2.57) among the participating teams.
All of the pitchers threw fastballs over 150km/h and threw balls over 100 miles (161km) a total of 58 times. 바카라사이트
On the 16th, KBO apologized for the sluggish performance in the WBC and said, “We will set up a mid- to long-term development plan as soon as possible.” However, many baseball players and fans do not trust the KBO’s measures. This is because the position is to proceed after the opening of the season (April 1st) without quickly forming a ‘special committee’ like in Japan.
In order to strengthen the national team, amateur players, especially middle and high school team players, must be intensively nurtured so that they can expect to reach the semifinals or higher in the WBC 3 to 6 years later. However, the current KBO and Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) are not communicating at all.