Japan also paid attention to Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG)’s remarks.
Japanese media ‘The Digest’ reported on the 24th (Korean time), “The legend’s remarks surrounding the young pitcher’s WBC call are causing a stir.”
The young pitcher here is Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom). Legend refers to Choo Shin-soo.
The media conveyed a series of situations in detail. The Digest said, “The beginning of the work was the announcement of the Korean national team for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) on the 4th. Including three major league players, Lee Jeong-hoo, Kim Ha-seong, and Choi Ji-man, who won the 2022 season MVP in the KBO League, and Tommy Edman, a Korean-American. In the midst of this, manager Lee Kang-cheol said, “An Woo-jin, who is called the best pitcher in Korean baseball, was excluded.”
“The reason was clear. The case of Ahn Woo-jin’s high school assault on his baseball teammates and juniors was revealed. Accordingly, the Korea Baseball Softball Association suspended the national team for three years,” he said. No. It does not apply to this tournament hosted by the major leagues. However, after a series of negative reactions, the KBO gave up the call.”
Choo Shin-soo appeared on the Dallas Korean radio program ‘DKNET’ on the 21st and revealed his thoughts about An Woo-jin. He said, “It is the job of Korean baseball to create opportunities to go abroad by showing your face in international competitions. It is very regrettable.” He is a player with the talent to become a good pitcher. He is playing baseball in Korea, but there are too many things that are not understood.”
Regarding this, ‘The Digest’ said, “(Ahn Woo-jin, who will be selected for the WBC) has enough skills. In the Korean baseball world of pitchers, he recorded an overwhelming number of strikeouts with an average ERA of 2.11 and 224 strikeouts, and won two crowns. 스포츠토토 DeGrom of Korea. It was called ”, and a transfer to the major leagues was also discussed. There were voices of opposition to the judgment excluding him, and active legends also raised their voices.”
He pointed out, “Choo Shin-soo, who played in the major leagues for 15 years from 2005. Choo Shin-soo, who said that seniors should step up, dared to leave a bitter voice in the strict Korean atmosphere.”
He also pointed out the current situation that Choo Shin-soo is receiving criticism from fans. The media said, “The criticism of Choo Shin-soo, who caused the drunk driving scandal in 2011, is causing a backlash. Many fans are criticizing that you, who caused the drunk driving incident, should not do it.”