The Japanese media reported heavily on the news of Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates) not participating in the WBC.
On the 6th, KBO said, “WBCI (World baSeball Classic Inc) informed the KBO on the 5th that only Choi could not compete in the WBC. Instead of Choi Ji-man, SSG outfielder Choi Ji-hoon will join.”
Pittsburgh expressed its intention against participating in the WBC, citing Choi Ji-man’s surgical history. Accordingly, the WBCI held an injury review committee to deliberate on whether or not to allow Choi Ji-man to participate in the WBC, and decided as such. 먹튀검증
According to the WBCI’s final judgment, Choi Ji-hoon was selected as the national team by the WBC Korea National Team Technical Committee Chairman Jo Bum-hyeon, the Technical Committee, and national team coach Lee Kang-cheol. The national team submits a 30-man entry to the WBCI on the 8th.
The Japanese sports media ‘Full Count’ reported the news of Choi Ji-man’s absence from the WBC that day and explained, “Pittsburgh opposed Choi’s participation in the tournament because of his elbow surgery, and the WBCI made the decision after deliberation.”
The media continued, “Choi Ji-man participated in 113 games in the Tampa Bay Rays last year and posted a batting average of 2.3 3, 11 homers and 52 RBIs. The Korean national team selected three active big leaguers, including Choi Ji-man, Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), and Tommy Edman (28, St. Louis Cardinals). I was expecting Choi Ji-man’s slugging power, who recorded 61 home runs in the big leagues, but I was unable to attend.”